By Rumy Petkov, physical and occupational therapist from Arizona
The number of people aged 65 and over is growing exponentially. In the U.S., this demographic is projected to reach 83.7 million by 2050, which is nearly double the population in 2012 (43.1 million). As our elderly population continues to grow, so does the demand for geriatric care. And while there are many nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Phoenix that provide excellent care, there are also a growing number of seniors who prefer to age in place.
One way to meet this demand is through providing occupational therapy services in the home. Occupational therapy is an important part of geriatric care in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Occupational therapists help people live more independently by teaching them ways to adapt their environment, manage activities of daily living (ADLs), and learn new skills that enable them to remain independent. This type of therapy can also improve physical functioning, such as coordination, balance, fine motor skills, positioning, and posture.
At-home occupational therapy services are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people are opting to age in place, rather than move into a long-term care facility. In fact, a recent study found that 97% of seniors would prefer to receive care at home, and that 78% would be willing to pay more for at-home care services.
Occupational therapy can be immensely beneficial for seniors, helping them to maintain their independence and quality of life. Through personalized treatment plans, occupational therapists can help seniors with a wide range of needs, from improving their mobility to managing chronic conditions.
As a physiotherapist in Phoenix, I've had the pleasure of helping many geriatric and orthopedic patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Avondale and the surrounding areas start moving again and get back to doing the activities they love. Over the years, I've seen how one-on-one physical therapy has been incredibly beneficial for my patients who are living with age-related changes.
Petkov Bodywork Therapy is a mobile physical and occupational therapy service provider for adults, middle aged, old aged or senior citizens in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, West valley of Arizona and the Surrounding Communities. And at Petkov Bodywork Therapy, we specialize in providing tailored treatments that focus on both the patient's overall wellbeing and their ability to function independently. Through assessments and therapies designed specifically for elderly individuals, our goal is to help these patients become more independent and safe in their environment.
One of the most important services that we offer is a home safety assessment. During this assessment, we identify any potential hazards or risks in patient's home that can increase their chances of falling. Once we have identified these risks, we will then provide them with personalized tips to help make sure that their home is as safe as it can be for them.
In addition to home safety assessments, we also provide specialized physical therapy programs tailored specifically for geriatric patients. These programs are designed to help our patients improve their balance, strength and coordination so that they can stay active and healthy. My team and I use the latest evidence-based research when developing our treatment plans for our senior patient population so we know we're providing them with the best possible care.
To give seniors in Phoenix and the surrounding access to quality care that helps them maintain an active lifestyle while keeping them safe at home. By using a personalized approach tailored to each individual's needs, my team and I strive to make sure our elderly population has access to the best care possible.