Simulated Apartments Help Clients Learn Self-Care Skills
At Comprehensive Rehab, we offer ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Apartments at all four of our Iowa locations. Getting dressed, making a meal or using the bathroom may seem like simple everyday tasks, but they can feel monumental to some patients.
For patients who are recovering from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, surgery or other ailments, the ability to successfully master daily tasks can be major milestones on their recovery path. The challenges can affect how safely a patient can function in their own home.
At Comprehensive Rehab, our ADL Apartments are simulated living spaces. They allow patients to practice doing everyday tasks in a safe, supportive, home-like setting
Working with an occupational therapist, a patient can rebuild skills including:
- Eating and drinking
- Getting in and out of bed without help
- Cooking and using the kitchen
- Getting in and out of a chair without help
- Homemaking activities, such as cleaning
- Bathing and grooming
- Getting dressed
During occupational therapy sessions in one of our ADL Apartments, patients will work on everyday self-care skills. At the same time, occupational therapists can assess a patient’s needs for adaptive equipment, such as raised toilet seats, handrails or a tub chair.
Our ADL Apartments are designed to recreate a home environment. Through therapy sessions, patients can improve and build confidence in basic skills, which helps promote a more independent lifestyle.
Resuming daily living routines is a vital part of a patient’s therapy program and are critical to their health, well-being, and quality of life.