LSVT BIG® For parkinson’s Disease
Neuroplasticity—the brain's ability to form new connections is the foundation for the treatment of LSVT BIG® . LSVT® is a treatment approach for people with Parkinson’s disease that addresses the cognitive aspects of the disease, leading to significant improvements in function, balance, and gait.
Patients are given specific exercises involving large amplitude and exaggerated movement patterns. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health reveal that this therapy leads to smoother, larger, and safer movements as well as improved quality of life. High intensity exercises is also shown to delay the progress of falling dopamine levels in the body.
Treatments delivered by LSVT®-certified clinicians consist of the following:
Four LSVT-BIG® sessions a week, for four consecutive weeks (16 LSVT visits)
A thorough evaluation and discharge session
Individual one-hour treatment sessions
Daily homework practice (all 30 days of the month)
Daily carryover assignments (all 30 days of the month)
LSVT BIG® graduates are encouraged to continue with our NeuroFit or Rock Steady Boxing Programs
To learn more about the history of LSVT Global® click here.
HOME SAFETY FOR “AGING IN PLACE”
We know “Aging in Place” is everyone’s goal as people want to stay in their homes as long as possible, and we can help make this happen.
Whether or not you are receiving care at home or at the NeuroFit Clinic, or simply want a “one-time” home safety check, one of our qualified clinicians will come to your home and assess your needs. We can come prior to someone coming home from another setting to ensure a smooth transition and problem-solving, or we can come once someone is home and work on any challenges that are being presented at that time. Our team will assess:
needs for any equipment
needs for home home modifications (rails, bars)
needs for community resources
needs for safety suggestions (room set-up, rugs, medalert button)
Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation
Occupational therapy is an essential part of one’s rehabilitation program. The main objective of occupational therapy is to restore and improve’s one ability to perform functional activities. Occupational therapy focuses especially on what an individual is capable of doing, rather than what they cannot do. Our team of Dynamic occupational therapists focus on independence in activities of daily life including returning to work, dressing oneself, personal hygiene, transferring, and more. Click here to see what kind of activities are considered “occupational.” Candidates for occupational therapy include, but are not limited to someone experiencing :
a need for assistance dressing his/herself
a need for assistance showering or toileting
difficulty with recreational or leisure activities
hand or shoulder disability or pain
problems with cognition or memory
difficulty with fine motor skills (handwriting, opening things, buttons/zippers, occupation related tasks)
a need for workplace modifications
Skills2Care® For Alzheimers & Dementia
Skills2Care® is an evidence-based program developed by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University and is designed to help train caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other related types of dementia with the daily challenges that arise.
This program is provided by an Occupational Therapist (OT) who is certified in Skills2Care® . The OT will assess the needs of the caregivers based on daily challenges they are facing with their loved one, along with the safety needs in the home environment. The OT then develops and helps to implement individualized strategies to address the needs of the caregiver and their loved one.
These challenges can include:
Difficulty with bathing
Refusing to bathe
Home safety modifications
Reducing caregiver stress/burden
Engaging clients in daily activities
We are proud to partner our staff with Day By Day Home Therapy in providing Skills2Care® services to the local community. Click here to learn more.