October is National Physical Therapy Month, which was established in 1981 by the American Physical Therapy Association. This annual health observance serves two purposes: to celebrate and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of all physical therapists and PT students and to remind the public about the benefits of physical therapy and how it can improve health and quality of life.
As a retirement living community in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, Uplands Village prioritizes senior health and wellness. On our campus, we have a large Wellness Center that offers physical therapy and rehabilitation services so individuals can focus on wellness and recovery. In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, we’re sharing some information about the benefits of physical therapy and how to focus on health in our Wellness Center.
Explore the Benefits of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can benefit just about anyone of any age, background, and physical condition. For example, it can be used by a toddler who is behind in development; it can be used by an elite skier after an ACL tear, and older adults can use it to recover from and prevent injuries.
According to a 2016 study by the CDC, more than 28% of adults over 50 are physically inactive. Living a sedentary life can cause a multitude of health problems, including a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, dementia, and depression. Not surprisingly, the rate of inactive adults was even higher in those with chronic illnesses, which is where physical therapy can come into play.
Physical therapy can help those with or without chronic conditions incorporate more movement into their life, as well as:
- Improve/restore movement or function
- Manage pain
- Reduce the symptoms associated with chronic illness
- Improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls
- Manage arthritis or osteoporosis
Physical therapy also has recognized benefits of helping individuals regain mobility, functioning, and strength after a hospitalization or a major health crisis, such as a stroke.
Professional Physical Therapy at Uplands Village
At Uplands Village, we are proud to offer a 31-bed Rehab and Wellness Center, which is licensed with the State of Tennessee as a Medicare A and B certified skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy center. Here, we offer customized wellness programs and physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapies that cater to each individual’s unique needs, abilities, and goals.
The Uplands Village Wellness Center provides short-term housing to older adults recovering from a stroke, surgery, injury, or any other acute healthcare event. Our goal is to deliver comprehensive and personalized care so that guests can regain confidence and independence before returning home.
Physical Therapy Plans and Programs at Uplands Village Include:
- Managing activities of daily living (ADLs) independently, such as mobility, bed transfers, and self-care skills
- Treatment of lower extremity dysfunction
- Walking on different surfaces
- Strength and balance training and coordination to aid in fall prevention
- Range of motion therapy
- Specialized care for amputees and prosthetics
- Wound and pain management
The Unique Benefits of Aquatic Therapy
In addition to our state-of-the-art Wellness Center, we also have a spacious Aquatic Center, which houses both a lap pool and a therapy pool. Aquatic therapy has been shown to aid in physical therapy plans by offering a safe, buoyant, and comfortable manner to work on strength and mobility exercises.
The Aquatic Center at Uplands Village has temperature-controlled pools that are shallow and wheelchair-accessible so that rehab guests can make the most of them.
Life at Uplands Village
While staying at our Wellness Center, short-term rehab guests will enjoy a private room with a bathroom, TV, phone, and internet, as well as a pull-out couch for guests and family members. Our rehab guests will also receive daily nutritious meals and round-the-clock attention.
Each day, our rehab guests work with our professional and compassionate physical therapists in our therapy gym to achieve their personal goals. Our Wellness Center also has a full kitchen and bath so our guests can learn how to navigate their home and other environments safely.
We take pride in our Wellness Center as a comfortable and effective environment for individuals to restore strength, recover safely, and regain confidence. And, to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, we truly appreciate all our physical therapists and other staff members who make that possible!
Uplands Village is a 500-acre retirement living community in Cumberland County, Tennessee. In addition to short-term rehab, we offer a full range of other senior care and housing options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and long-term healthcare. To discover more about our purposeful and charming community, visit our website!