PALISADES, N.Y. -- What's the difference between occupational and physical therapy? Senior residents at Esplanade at Palisades learned the importance of the two practices through a fun, educational workshop held at the Palisades-based assisted living community.
Professionals from BSD Occupational Therapy visited seniors and demonstrated how therapy can benefit those with particular health issues. While both physical and occupational therapy are designed to help the body recover and strengthen, there are differences that define each practice.
Physical therapy is, as one may guess, the physical rehabilitation of people recovering from injuries or disease. The goal is to help restore mobility and minimize the need for expensive surgery or long-term reliance on medication. Physical therapists also teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition in order to attain long-term health benefits.
Occupational therapy also considers the physical aspects of rehabilitation, but it is primarily focused on enabling patients to engage in life's daily activities as often as possible. Healthcare professionals work towards assisting patients in the long-term through therapeutic adaptations to their environments.
In addition to sharing tips on how to live healthier lifestyles, BSD therapists handed out gifts to Esplanade residents including water bottles and delicious treats.
Find out more about the unique long-serving staff, the community residents, the available services, and the engaging activities for all seniors to enjoy by visiting Esplanade at Palisades' website.