Remaining Active During the Holidays
Usually a time of celebration and togetherness, the holiday season may still be a little blue in 2021. For the patient population, many will be isolated which may lead to episodes of depression, feelings of loneliness and even missed therapy sessions. Luckily, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists can help address the issue of social isolation and support a holistic approach to treating adults experiencing depression or anxiety.
It’s All About J.O.Y
Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists can assess an individual’s abilities and work together with the members of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) to create a customized plan of recovery for each patient. Even in the holiday season, it is important to follow your plan of care to ensure the best results. Consider the following:
Just because it’s the holiday season, it does not mean physical recovery is off the table. Physical activity can help improve a patient’s physical, mental and social health. It can also help improve chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. (Source)
Outside of providing physical recovery, physical therapy also helps with pain management and movement. It is a great way for each individual to take charge, support their own care and work towards having a better quality of life.
Yearly, 1 in every 4 older adults suffers a fall. Physical therapy, even in the holidays, will help patients stay on track with an individualized plan that may include balance training, movement training, strength training and much more. (Source)
ATS Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists are integral members of the Interdisciplinary Team to support both physical and psychosocial well-being. By helping you remain consistent with your therapy protocol, they are also helping your goals, physical endurance and mental health.
Contact us to discuss how our team can support your patients throughout the holiday season and beyond.