Physical Therapists evaluate the patient and identify the health conditions which are limiting or preventing the patient's mobility and function. After that, the PT will establish a treatment plan aimed at helping the patient improve functional mobility with or without adaptive devices to improve independent mobility.
The role of the occupational therapist is to evaluate the patient and identify why the patient’s mobility and funcitional independence is limited. The therapist examines the patient in the areas of ADL, IADL and play/leisure. After that, the OT will establish a treatment plan aimed at helping the patient improve, become functional independent and move easily with or without adaptive equipment.
Speech therapists evaluate the patient and identify the health issues which are limiting or preventing the patient's speech and communication skills, cognitive processing, and ability to swallow and eat safely. After that, the SLP will establish a treatment plan, which will be aimed at helping the patient improve functional speech and communication skills and/or improve safe strategies for eating and swallowing and/or identify the appropriate consistency of foods and liquids.
Medical social workers assist the patient with financial/community resources and provide social/emotional support through counseling. They help the physician and other team members in understanding the significant social and psychological factors related to health problems. Medical social work team participates in the development of the treatment plan, prepares clinical and progress notes, works with the family, uses appropriate community resources, participates in discharge planning and in-service programs, and acts as a consultant to other agency personnel.
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