Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist
Seniors hold a special place in the hearts of Blue Lotus Wellness therapists. With more than 15 years of experience serving our seniors in Skilled Nursing Facilities, we are uniquely qualified to assist seniors in achieving an optimal level of function after surgery or injury or to manage chronic health conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, post-stroke (CVA), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), post-joint replacement, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), and sedentary living.
We provide training in and offer a maintenance program for the Otago Exercise Program. Otago is a series of 17 strength and balance exercises delivered by a Physical Therapist that can reduce falls between 35 and 40% for frail older adults. This research-based program, developed in New Zealand in the late 1990’s, calls for therapists to assess, coach, and progress clients over the course of six months to one year.
Recent research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention shows statistically significant improvement in clinical scores after as little as 8 weeks1.
The Otago Exercise Program is being promoted by the Centers for Disease Control, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Project, the Administration for Community Living in 16 states, the AARP, and the Community Health and Mobility Partnership (CHAMP).
1Shubert, T. E., M.L. Smith, L. Jiang and M.G. Ory (2016). “Disseminating Otago Exercise Program in the United States.’ J Appl Gerontol. Perceived and Actual Physical Performance Improvements from Participants.
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