Physical therapists playing in the office with therapy equipment

Regain Strength, Confidence, and Mobility

Rehabilitation team member

At The Richwood, our experienced Rehabilitation Team is committed to providing outstanding results and excellent quality of care. Residents are empowered through individualized programs to reach goals of increased independence and ability. Resident and guests’ families are also encouraged to participate in therapy sessions, caregiver education, and training.


Our therapists have extensive experience in providing innovative rehabilitation therapy for a variety of conditions such as:

  • Loss of strength and mobility following a hospital stay
  • Hip fracture
  • Joint replacement
  • Back surgery
  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Wounds
  • Cardiopulmonary reconditioning
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases

Types of Therapy

Our skilled rehabilitation and nursing center offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, pet, music, and art therapy.

Prior to the rehabilitation patient being discharged to home, if it is necessary, our therapist may do a home evaluation and will make recommendations for a safe transition back to the home.

male resident working on parallel bars with a therapist

Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapists provide individualized exercise and training programs to restore strength, movement, and function. Our team works toward specific goals of achieving the resident’s highest functional level of independence. Physical therapy focuses on identification and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairment and pain, as well as future injury prevention. Following evaluation, our experienced physical therapists develop an individualized treatment program. The goal is to achieve safety in a variety of areas.

Activities include:

  • Gait and balance training
  • Wound management
  • Pain management and relief including heat and ultrasound treatments
  • Training and use of prosthetic device
  • Transfer training
  • Increase strength and mobility in the body and lower extremities
  • Increase motor control for a resident who has suffered a stroke
  • Improve coordination, balance and the ability to walk following a fracture
  • Improve overall strength conditioning, range of motion and endurance
  • Pain management
  • Teaching proper body mechanics to prevent injury
  • Promoting safety awareness for the well-being of the resident
  • Educational instruction for patients and family prior to returning home

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists provide individualized assessment and treatment for enhancing daily living skills. Therapists use task-directed activities in the treatment of our residents whose functional abilities, daily activities and independence have been impaired by illness, injury or aging.
Occupational therapy assists our residents in adapting to their social and physical environment by mastering tasks essential for daily living. Therapists may work with residents who have debilitating arthritic conditions or those with difficulty bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living. They assist residents with impaired vision and/or hearing to function well in their environment.

Activities and areas of treatment may include:

  • Muscle strengthening and endurance building
  • Balance and coordination training
  • Home safety evaluation
  • Arm and hand splinting
  • Guidelines and suggestions for dealing with decreased mental functions
  • Functional independence: eating, bathing, toileting, homemaking, cooking, etc.
  • Maintenance of wellness: dressing and grooming
  • Prevention of further disability: home assessments and modifications, adaptive equipment
  • Increasing safety awareness
  • Educational instruction for patients and family prior to returning home

Speech-Language-Cognitive Therapy

Speech-Language Therapists provide individualized assessment and treatment for problems with speech, language, voice, mental functions and swallowing.

Activities include:

  • Instructions for speech and language problems associated with a stroke
  • Mouth and throat strengthening for speech and swallowing problem
  • Improving speech and voice clarity
  • Increasing comprehension and verbal expression
  • Improving chewing and swallowing ability
  • Maximizing cognitive language skills: memory, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning
  • Resident and family/caregiver education and training for managing ongoing difficulties with communication, cognition, and swallowing
  • Using communication devices
  • Changes in food preparation for swallowing problems
  • Memory training
  • Vital Stim to enhance and improve swallowing function

Pet Therapy, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy

At Richwood Nursing & Rehab, we understand that the rehabilitation process can be difficult. We offer pet therapy, music therapy, and art therapy in order to lift spirits and ease the burden of rehabilitation. We believe in focusing on all-around wellness, using a holistic approach in the way that we take care of our residents in order to help them attain their highest functional ability.

group photo of the therapy department