Restorative programs should be designed according to the specific needs of the residents in each Long Term Care Facility. Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapist can design patient-specific programs that can be carried out by RNP staff. Examples of Programs that can be designed by Occupational Therapists include Self-Care Programs and Splinting/Positioning Programs. Physical Therapists can assist with designing ROM/Strengthening, Transfer Training, and Ambulation Programs. Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists can assist with Rehab Dining and Dementia Programs. Speech Therapists can train RNP staff to provide specific swallowing strategies for residents to decrease the risk of aspiration. Therapists looking to discharge a resident to a restorative program should make certain that the resident is safe to be in the care of someone else, and that the restorative staff is competent to carry out the recommendations. Once the program is established, it is extremely critical to have open communication with RNP staff and periodically review the individual RNPs for appropriateness.
PTA & Clinical Manager of Therapy Department