Secondary Effects of Immobility and Isolation


We may never know the full impact of reduced mobility and isolation on our aging population, especially among those already suffering from limited mobility due to chronic pain and/or other medical conditions.  What we do know is that many in the community are reporting a loss of physical strength, independence, and even cognitive function due to lack of daily activity and social interaction.  As a result, there may be increased vulnerabilities in the home, such as more frequent falls.  These potentially dangerous situations in the home often lead to the need for assistance and having to consider relocation to where support is more readily available.  The good news is that many mobility issues can be reversed with therapy!  The Grand Traverse Pavilions Wellness Center therapists are available to provide comprehensive assessments and treatments in order to help restore you or your loved one’s independence. 

Here are just a few ways that we can help: 

Occupational Therapy (O.T.’s) treat upper body and hand pain and dysfunction, as well as, provide equipment recommendations to improve independence with daily activities such as dressing, bathing, and household management. Furthermore, O.T.’s provide home modification assessments and recommendations along with treatments to allow participation in leisure and work activities.

Speech Therapy (S.L.P.’s) can teach strategies to improve or cope with impaired memory and judgement which include tools for medication management.  They also provide treatment for voice related issues such as low volume and assess issues associated with swallowing. 

Physical Therapy (P.T.’s) treat pain related issues in the body, assess gait dysfunction, balance problems, vestibular dysfunction/dizziness and weakness; conditions which may contribute to reduced mobility and cardiac and pulmonary deconditioning.

If you or your loved one is experiencing a change in function, talk to your doctor about a referral for therapy and call the Wellness Center at 231-932-3172 to schedule an appointment.




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