Therapy Services at St. Luke Lutheran Community

St. Luke offers treatment for long term rehabilitation, acute short term stays, and outpatient visits. We are staffed with licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and speech language pathologists.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy aims to allow independent movement, restore function lost due to illness or injury, and promote safety. 

Treatment may include:
• Ultrasound
• Cervical and pelvic traction
• Gait training
• Electrotherapy
• Therapeutic exercise equipment
• Hydrotherapy
• Hydrocollator packs
• Pain management


Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy aims to maximize independent function in activities of daily living (ADL), such as self-feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming, meal preparation and homemaking and promote safe positioning in wheelchairs, beds, and through the use of splints. 

Treatment may include:
• ADL training
• Adaptive equipment
• Adaptive positioning devices
• Skill development through functional activities
• Therapeutic exercise
• Safety education


Therapy Services

Speech Therapy aims to improve communication skills and promote safe and efficient swallowing of food, beverages, and medications. 

Treatment may include:
• Oral motor skills and exercises
• Speech production training
• Language ability activities
• Cognitive skills training
• Swallowing strategies
• Diet modifications

Frequently asked questions regarding Therapy

How often do I need to come to therapy? This is determined after your initial evaluation by the therapist. Skilled Medicare A patients are treated 5-7 times per week. We offer therapy 7 days per week, 362 days per year. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

How long will I receive therapy? The length of therapy is dependent on continued improvement in therapy.

Where can I get adaptive equipment for home-going? Equipment that is covered by Medicare or other insurance will be ordered by Social Services. Equipment that is not covered by insurance can be purchased at a medical supply or drug store.

Can we watch our family member in therapy? Yes! Please call the day before so we can arrange a convenient time for therapy.

When therapy is discontinued, can I pay privately for further therapy? When a resident is discharged from therapy, they are referred to restorative aids to continue with the programs they were receiving in therapy. Restorative aids have been trained in appropriate techniques to effectively care for residents. They monitor each resident and communicate to therapy any changes which would indicate the need for further therapy.

What can I expect when I come to therapy? On your first visit, the therapist will conduct an evaluation of your entire body including: posture and biomechanics, range of motion, joint mobility and tissue textures to find out the cause of pain or disability. A customized treatment plan with short and long term goals will be devised for you.

What kind of education does a therapist have? Therapists are licensed health care professionals, with a Bachelors, Masters, and/or Doctorate of Therapy from an accredited program, who have passed the state board licensing exam. They have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease and injury pathophysiology and skilled therapeutic treatment application. Additionally, they attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest medical developments and treatment approaches.

What type of specialized or innovative therapy equipment is available at St. Luke Lutheran Community?

  • Arjo lift walker - a mechanical lift walker used to progress from walking in the parallel bars to using a wheeled walker, which is beneficial for residents who have weight-bearing limitations
  • Ultrasound
  • Moist heat
  • Electrical stim
  • Vital stim -for Speech Therapy
  • Exercise equipment