Our Therapy Department is staffed with licensed occupational therapy and physical therapy personnel, trained therapy aides and a professional wheelchair technician. As a part of our multidisciplinary team, the therapy staff provides services to assure our residents are able to participate in their activities of daily living with comfort, utilizing their best functional skills. Therapy assessments and interventions concentrate on musculoskeletal and sensorimotor status as well as developmental skills for daily activities. To enhance participation in activities of daily living, the therapy staff, in co-ordination with our Assistive Technology Provider and consulting licensed orthotist, design, fabricate and monitor state-of-the-art seating systems for wheelchairs and other orthotic equipment for our residents.
Our Therapy Department partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to provide two specialized clinics on site: in the Orthopedic Clinic, with the consultation of an orthopedic surgeon, therapists evaluate and monitor the growth and orthopedic status of our residents and conditions such as scoliosis and hip joint disorders; in the Physical Medicine Clinic, with the consultation of a physiatrist, therapists evaluate and monitor neuromuscular conditions, mobility skills, and seating systems for wheelchairs.
Our Therapy Department offers expertise in spasticity management and management of swallowing disorders. In addition to the more traditional spasticity interventions of positioning, splints and manual therapy, the therapists work in concert with NCH consulting physicians, our staff physician, medical director and nursing department in the use of oral medications, botox injections and baclofen pumps to reduce spasticity. The effectiveness of these medication interventions is monitored by the therapists via administration of the Ashworth Scale (a manual muscle test to determine level of spasticity).
Another intervention offered by our Therapy Department is VitalStim. VitalStim is used to promote swallowing through neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). The goals are to strengthen the swallowing muscles and to improve motor control of the swallow. This intervention, first used with stroke patients, is now being used with other patient diagnoses that experience dysphagia (swallowing disorders). A resident’s swallowing function is evaluated and monitored through video radiographic studies at NCH and Grant Medical Center. HF therapists assist the radiologist and speech pathologist with these studies to ensure the best possible information and results are achieved.
An integral part of our multidisciplinary team, our Therapy Department is dedicated to providing the best practices of occupational therapy and physical therapy to enhance the quality of life of the residents we serve.
For more information about our therapy department contact:
Heinzerling Memorial Foundation
Rachel Mallory, Director of Therapy
Heinzerling Developmental Center
Shirley Alexander, Director of Therapy