Life Care Center Features Neurologic Rehab Program
By Space Coast Daily // June 15, 2013
MEDICAL SERVICES SHOWCASE
ABOVE VIDEO: Life Care Center of Melbourne is committed to being the area’s premier provider of rehabilitative health care. Each resident’s family is encouraged to become closely involved with the center in meeting the resident’s needs.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Life Care Center of Melbourne brings hope to people with Parkinson’s disease through their new Neurologic Rehabilitation Program LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM. (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy)
LSVT BIGTM is an intensive therapeutic exercise program developed for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. Treatments target the production of larger amplitude whole body functional movements while retraining the sensory awareness of the effort required for normal movements.
The LSVT BIGTM approach will teach patients how to avoid inactivity and keep movements alive during everyday activities to improve and maintain their quality of life.
Studies by the National Institute of Health have shown LSVT BIGTM has enhanced whole body functional movements for up to 3 months post intervention that include faster walking with bigger steps, better balance, and increased trunk rotation.
Audrey Stewart, DPT one of the certified LSVT BIGTM therapists at Life Care Center of Melbourne has seen significant progress in her client’s functional mobility independence. One of her clients, Deborah Ridel stated.
“I am thankful that you came into my life. I have fought back too many times to recover this past year and was not sure I had another fight in me, but you found it and nourished it.
The results have been astounding. I want to thank you for helping me in my journey. You will always be with me, the little voice in my head saying ‘DEB, GET BIG’.”
CERTIFIED THERAPISTS SEE AMAZING RESULTS
The specific purpose of LSVT LOUDTM is to focus on “GETTING LOUD” by increasing vocal volume. One of the most common symptoms in the Parkinson’s disease process is the weakness of face and throat muscles.
Talking and swallowing become more difficult and speech becomes softer and monotone. It’s a challenge for caregivers because Parkinson’s disease decreases voice audibility and caregivers find that mumbling is a common result.
The LSVT LOUDTM approach has been scientifically studied for nearly 20 years with funding support through the National Institute of Health.
Published research data supports improvement in vocal loudness, intonation, and voice quality for individuals with Parkinson’s who received LSVT LOUDTM.
Jessica Rodriguez and Deborah Miller, both certified LSVT LOUDTM speech therapists at Life Care Center of Melbourne, have seen amazing results through their clients’ ability to speak loud.
A family member of Deborah’s patient had this to say about the program.
“My husband used to stutter all the time, especially when he was with other people and on the phone with family. Now, thanks to Debbie he hardly stutters anymore. He did not sing at church for years. After he began the LSVT LOUDTM program he started to sing again.”
LSVT BIGTM and LSVT LOUDTM protocols provide therapists at Life Care Center of Melbourne with new and effective tools for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
PROGRAM FOCUSES ON INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
Certified LSVT therapists administer these LSVT LOUDTM and LSVT BIGTM treatment programs in 16 sessions over a single month.
Patients will participate in four individualized 60-minute sessions per week. This is a very intensive program that focuses on individual needs.
LSVT patients at Life Care Center of Melbourne receive a plan of care specifically designed to promote their independence, allowing them to return to the community activity of their choice.