The aging process can be a challenge. If you are concerned about maintaining an optimal level of independence and health for yourself or your aging loved one, you may want to check into restorative programs for the elderly.
What is Restorative Care?
Restorative care is a nursing intervention or program that is designed to help an elderly individual maintain his or her optimal level of functioning. The focus of a restorative therapy program is on the whole person.
Physical, psychological, emotional, and cognitive issues are evaluated and addressed. A plan of care is developed to assure the person is receiving the restorative care they need to function at the highest level possible.
What is Restorative Rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation and Restorative care complement one another, but they are not the same.
Rehabilitation consists of a series of therapeutic services to help a person return to a healthy and active lifestyle following a sudden trauma, such as a broken bone, or a health issue such as a heart attack or stroke.
Restorative care can be implemented in conjunction with rehabilitative therapy, or it can begin after the patient is discharged from occupational, speech, or physical therapy.
Restorative care programs are fine-tuned to meet the needs of the individual receiving the care. Certified Nursing Technicians and other medical professionals can enroll in a restorative training program that focuses on restorative care guidelines and how to incorporate them into the patient’s plan of care.
As we age, or after a traumatic health event, we may need support and help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, exercising, or even eating.
Restorative exercise programs and restorative therapy programs help elderly people maintain the skills necessary to enjoy as much independence as possible.
Restorative care promotes wellness and optimal functioning levels. With restorative care, the older adult is encouraged to engage in daily exercise, even if it is simply walking.
Exercise, combined with the necessary supports offered by a restorative care program, can help maintain independence, happiness, and dignity for the aging adult.