Explore Our Exclusive Therapies and Treatments
Balance/vestibular Training & Fall Prevention
AHT specially trained therapists provide an alternative treatment that can relieve symptoms in individuals experiencing vertigo and dizziness during daily activities. Treatment involves specific exercises to remediate inner ear pathology and improve sensory dysfunction, strength, and postural deficits. Goals may include bending over to feed the cat, picking up a dropped fork, or bending over to retrieve a newspaper.
Our therapists make environmental recommendations to prevent falls, such as strategically locating grab bar placement according to client height and range of reach. We expertly analyze social and mobility habits and suggest safer pathways to get to the bathroom or out of the home. We may also offer a particular walker or cane and ensure access throughout the home or community.
Home Safety Assessments
AHT therapists perform home safety evaluations to assess the individual's ability to live independently in their home or assisted living facility. Therapy focuses on improving physical, cognitive, and psychosocial environmental factors contributing to dysfunction and falls. We use several evidence-based, objective assessments to provide accurate information about the client's functional day-to-day performance. We may assess the client's safety awareness, ability to get into the tub, ability to take medications, ability to use the phone to contact family or emergency dispatchers, ability to exit the home timely/safely, or ability to cook on a stovetop. Once the assessment is complete, we offer modifications and training to use adaptive equipment or alternative ways to help the client continue living safely and functionally in their home.
Low Vision Training
Our occupational therapists improve daily living skills for individuals diagnosed with macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or other visual impairment. We help by modifying the environment, teaching compensatory strategies, and training individuals to use visual aids and magnifiers as prescribed by the optometrist or ophthalmologist. Goals may include reading the thermostat, reading the newspaper, reading medication bottles, and identifying pills.
Power Wheelchair and Scooter Evaluations and Training
We work with your durable medical equipment supplier to help you obtain a custom power wheelchair or scooter for your specific needs. The evaluation will first focus on the client's need based on the payer source guidelines (such as Medicare.) The therapist will then consider the client's specific goals and daily self-care uses for the power mobility device. We will consider seating and positioning needs for comfort, the ability to safely navigate the device throughout the home, and train our clients on how to safely use the power mobility device during activities of daily living. We may make other custom seating and positioning suggestions to control foot/leg swelling or prevent or reduce pressure ulcers and pain.
Swallow Evaluations, Cognitive Therapy, and Speech Training
Our Speech and Language Pathologists provide in-home swallow evaluations and treatment for individuals who may have a weakened or uncoordinated swallow process. When eating or drinking, individuals may experience excessive coughing or choking. This may be a serious sign that food or drink is entering the lungs instead of the stomach. If untreated, this condition could lead to aspiration pneumonia. Additionally, our therapists can evaluate and treat cognitive impairments in areas such as memory and reasoning. In addition, we can improve functional communication impairments such as voice quality, intonation, and vocal strength.
Our Home Therapy Services Are Better for Most Older Adults......
AHT is most beneficial for older adults because new exercises and techniques are learned faster and easier when performed in a familiar home setting. We bring all necessary equipment into the home and use functional strengthening activities to improve activities of daily living and mobility. We always provide one-on-one care with the same therapist, and you will never be left alone waiting on a mat for your busy therapist to come back and treat you.