Simulated Apartments Help Clients Learn Self-Care Skills

Published on: 2020/03/13


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.

For more information about our ADL Apartments or any of our Occupational Therapy programs, contact Comprehensive Rehab today.

Comprehensive Rehab has Iowa locations in Clinton, Muscatine, Davenport, and Maquoketa.