Patients with an injury or disability that interferes with performing everyday tasks may benefit from working with an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists assess a combination of factors that contribute to overall well-being, like physiology, psychology, environment, and many others. While recovering at Aviva at Fitzsimons, patients have the option to work one-on-one with occupational therapists in our mock apartment, complete with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and laundry. This simulated environment provides hands-on experience to improve the ability to perform activities of daily living.
A physical therapist can be a great resource for someone with an impairment specifically related to movement. Some examples of this include balance training to maintain a center of gravity and sense of stability; gait training to improve walking habits and avoid injury; and range of motion (ROM) exercises to alleviate joint stiffness, pain, flexibility or strength.
A lot goes in to keeping up a conversation, but the role of a speech-language pathologist extends well beyond everyday small talk. A speech-language pathologist is an expert in communication who treats a range of disorders, primarily related to speech, language, social-communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing. For patients with conditions limiting speech, language or swallowing skills, our speech-language pathologists play an important role in helping you recover your ability to communicate effectively and/or enjoy meals safely.