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Benefits Of Rehabilitation Therapy

by | Apr 5, 2024 | Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Services

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), rehabilitation is an essential part of universal health coverage along with promotion of good health, prevention of diseases, treatment and palliative care.

Rehabilitation helps a child, adult or older person to be as independent as possible in everyday activities and enables participation in education, work, recreation and meaningful life roles such as taking care of family.

 

What does rehabilitation therapy look like?

What? A range of techniques are used in therapy such as exercise, cold and heat treatments, massage, and stretching to help one better recover from injuries. Rehabilitation often has an emotional and mental aspect to it too and rehabilitation better helps one cope with the emotional side of things. 

Where? Rehabilitation therapy can be done at a rehabilitation centre or also at home. Typically at rehabilitation centres, there are professional staff and facilities which are key in ensuring an effective treatment process. After an injury, seniors might need more dedicated attention which a rehabilitation centre can provide. 

 

Boost mobility, strength and independence

Through physical rehabilitation, the therapist would assess your condition and from there recommend a range of exercises and activities to aid in mobility and strengthen your coordination and balancing abilities. Such might often be overlooked but after it is compromised, it is only then that we realise how important these are. Muscle stretches are also common in helping one gain flexibility. 

In turn, if one commits to following the plan recommended by their therapist, it would definitely help in gaining strength so you can return to life as usual. Furthermore, it lowers the risk of falls and injuries. 

 

Pain management

The road to recovery can vary greatly for every individual and rehabilitation comes in to provide a bespoke recovery plan for each individual. One could be suffering from pain after an injury or post operation and it is vital to pay attention to this pain. Physical rehabilitation improves the healing process by using massage, heat, cold, electric currents, or sound waves to help with pain management or mostly gives exercises that you can do at home to help with the pain. 

For those recovering from more severe conditions e.g. stroke, rehabilitation therapy becomes even more important to minimise complications and maximise recovery.

Rehabilitation can bring mental and emotional health benefits in addition to physical health benefits, such as renewed self-confidence

As you are further into your road to recovery, it does help that the mini progress you’re making each day brings you a step closer to getting back to your normal routine. The longer that one is unable to because of pain, mobility issues or slow recovery process, it definitely becomes a mood bummer. 

Have you also heard of pet therapy? Pet therapy aims to improve seniors’ quality of life by allowing them to interact with specially trained animals.

 

Rehabilitation centres for seniors in Singapore

Here are some rehabilitation centres you can check out!

 

Rehabilitation Centre Description Address Contact
Care Corner Community Rehabilitation Centre Provides therapy for seniors who may have been discharged from the hospital, had surgery, suffered from a stroke, fracture or other conditions that affects their activities of daily living (ADL) Blk 131 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-01 Singapore 310131 +65 6264 0262
NTUC Health With 21 Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres around the island, work your way to a better quality of life with the help of their experienced therapy team and comprehensive range of elderly-friendly equipment Island-wide +65 6715 6762
St Luke’s Hospital With multiple areas of care, St Luke’s Hospital uses “high-tech and high-touch” recovery strategies and care plans catered to each individual’s needs. Their rehabilitation team consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, music therapists and art therapists to meet the needs of patients 2 Bukit Batok Street 11 Singapore 659674 +65 6563 2281
Touch Community Services The Day Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) is supported by their team of occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

The therapists will discuss with the elderly and their caregivers to customise an intervention programme according to their goals and priorities

TOUCHpoint@AMK 433 (Blk 433, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-1415, Singapore 560433) +65 6804 6555 
AWWA Rehab and Day Care Centre (RDCC) supports people with physical disabilities and seniors who have been discharged from hospitals and need rehabilitation 126 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-1929, Singapore 560126 +65 6511 6790
Tzu Chi Foundation The Day Rehabilitation Centre is a participating healthcare centre under MOH’s Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS). CHAS card holders are entitled to one of the two tiers of subsidies Blk 328 Jurong East Street 31 #01-138, Singapore 600328 +65 6569 6221
ECON Healthcare The team of experienced Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists develop customised treatment plans that work in tandem with their nursing care and TCM services 452 Upper East Coast Rd,

Singapore 466500

+65 6226 1188

 

Conclusion

In essence, rehabilitation is essential to achieve optimal function and ability. Under the supervision of trained professionals, we expect one’s road to recovery to be a safer and faster one. We hope that this article has helped you in gaining 1 or 2 insights into rehabilitation therapy and that you can find an option that is most suited. 

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