Tip Sheet: Creating The Best Therapy Program At The Continuum October, 2019
It’s all about Relationships
When you need physical, occupational and/or speech therapy as part of your recovery program we are here to make sure you are getting the best care.
The Start of a Great Relationship with your therapist(s) and ongoing throughout the program, requires good communication. To achieve greater results here are 5 tips that will help to make this intervention a most effective experience for you:
MAKE A LIST
Coming prepared is a great way to begin the process. So before you attend your first visit, make a list of relevant questions and concerns. Consider carrying a small notebook that contains the questions/comments you may have. It can also be used to bring up changes as the program progresses. It is so easy to get home and say, “I can’t believe I forgot to share that information!”
There is no need to shy away from asking questions. Therapists like those questions as they know that a “client centered” plan works best for everyone. For example, “What activities should I be doing between clinic visits?” Again, write down those questions in your therapy notebook or Smart Phone as you think of them (recording the answers is also a good idea).
This isn’t the dentist’s office. You don’t have to bend the truth about your flossing routine and you don’t need to bend the truth about following through with the home program. Share with the therapist if the program does not seem to be working as well as you had hoped-or that you are having a hard time following the recommendations. Hey-it happens.
BE A PARTNER
Successful therapy outcomes are based on a shared team approach. During the initial evaluation the therapist will have asked you “Why are you here-what do you want to achieve when the sessions are completed?” Successful outcomes are much more likely to occur when solutions are worked on together.
KEEP IT GOING
When the therapy sessions come to an end, the therapist will have provided a home program in order to maintain or continue to improve the activities specific to your lifestyle. “ If you don’t use it, you lose it” are true words. It may be that your therapist might recommend community programs that can help you maintain. Of course there is our Wellness and Fitness program if continued exercise is an option. And remember, if you experience a decline you can always give your therapist a call and return for a tune up!