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St. Francis of Bellingham
3121 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225


Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Therapy Services for Seniors in Bellingham

When a person is injured or has a prolonged illness, doctors often recommend physical therapy. In the case of seniors, though, that recommendation is often seen as just something to try. This misconception could not be further from the truth. Physical therapy is top quality therapy for many conditions affecting the elderly, from Alzheimer’s to urinary incontinence.Mature Man Working With a Physical Therapist

Therapy will help you get your life back on track. If you’ve lost the ability to do even the most simple of tasks, our skilled physical, occupational, and speech therapy team in Bellingham, Washington can help you gain back your independence.

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham has a robust rehabilitation department, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology services. We take pride in being the largest inpatient rehab center in Whatcom County. Our therapists focus on individual goals for each patient in order to work toward meeting their potential as quickly as possible. We encourage independence in a supportive environment.

Our private therapy rooms and social gym offer outpatients as well as inpatients the environment they need to work toward their therapy goals. Many people who start out as inpatients come back as outpatients during their final transition back to their own homes.

Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham provides in-patient and outpatient services in an in-house therapy gymnasium. Our Rehabilitation team includes specialists who can focus on individual programs to meet a wide array of patient therapy needs. Aside from standard exercise and therapeutic equipment such as weights, therabands, physioballs and massage/exercise tables, St. Francis Rehab has its own private raised therapeutic garden and outdoor access for additional functionality. We also have three separate, private therapy rooms for specialized therapy services.

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Physical Therapy for Seniors is a regarded practice for older adults from every level of physical ability to improve balance and strength, build confidence, and remain active. A number of people are familiar with physical therapy as a form of treatment to pursue after an accident, or to cope with a persistent health condition such as Alzheimer’s. For us, Physical Therapy is a way for seniors to maintain independence later in life.

At the hands of a trained and experienced Physical Therapist, one can work toward improving balance, strength, mobility, and overall fitness – all of which older adults may benefit from. Participating in regular physical therapy could contribute to improved physical abilities, which can also help older adults avoid falls.

Bellingham Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists work in tandem with our Physical Therapists to improve Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Occupational Therapists work with a senior to develop and adopt a routine of beneficial daily activities based on the client’s individual needs. We strive to get our patients back in control of life.

For example, an elderly woman who used to be active with hands-on volunteer work might stop because her worsening arthritis makes her frustrated and uncomfortable. An Occupational Therapist could talk with the woman and discover the right kinds of volunteer work for her to do and find ways to accommodate the arthritis and help her adopt exercises to help alleviate it.

Bellingham Speech Therapy

As you grow older, your vocal cords become less elastic and your larynx muscles weaken. This makes it difficult for many elderly people to speak as they once did, and it makes it more difficult for those around them to understand what they are saying. Speech therapy can help teach the patient to speak in a new way, with vocal exercises that will help them communicate more effectively.

Help make your journey back to physical independence and good health a success by working with the staff at our Bellingham rehab center, Avamere St. Francis of Bellingham.