Geriatric Physical Therapy

There are a number of areas of specialization in methods of physical therapy. Patients get assigned to the type of physical therapy center according to their specific needs. The most common physical therapy centers as been reported are, the geriatric, neurological, orthopedic, pediatric, and Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. The professional physical therapists are entitled the job to ensure the optimum comfort and proper adjustment of those people affected by the natural effects of old age, in the geriatric physical therapy center. The geriatric physical therapy center provides specialized programs that help the patients adjust to their condition and even improve their level of fitness.

Geriatric physical therapy is a type of health care system which is solely concerned with the aging process and is a rapidly growing specialty in physical therapy. The Section on Geriatric physical therapeutic supports by those therapists, assistants, and students that work with an aging population in roles of advocacy, direct patient care, consultation, supervision, and education. The Section on Geriatric physical therapy was formed in the year of 1978 to address the needs of the physical therapy practitioner working with the aging client. The Section on Geriatric physical therapy represents and serves over 5,000 members with a wide array of services and benefits.

The mission of the Section on Geriatric physical therapy is to further their members ability to provide best practice physical therapy and to advocate for optimal aging. The Geriatric physical therapy values greatly the older people and aging as a positive event. The unique contributions of geriatric physical therapy enhance the quality of life of all older adults. Geriatric physical therapy builds a firm Collaborative relationship with internal and external constituencies. The quality of life in geriatric physical therapeutic procedure has enhanced throughout the lifespan by following principles of health promotion, prevention of disease, and appropriate rehabilitation intervention. The highest standard of clinical practice, in this type of physical therapy, has supported by modern and advanced research and education. The current and potential contributors of geriatric physical therapy are the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and student members.

The accountability of the leadership to the members considering their current and anticipated needs help in effective communication among the members also the cultural diversity of each member and older adult. Official Sections on Geriatrics Position Statements are Cultural Diversity, Geriatric Practitioner 2020, Physical and Chemical Restraints and Physical therapist Assistants.

Section Strategic Plan Goals of geriatric physical therapy services are to promote and support autonomous physical therapist practice with the aging population through professional and career development; to facilitate members' utilization of best practice physical therapy for optimal aging; to advocate for the health, wellness, fitness, and physical function needs of the aging adult with and to internal and external communities; to promote consumers' and other health providers' utilization of physical therapists as practitioners of choice and exercise experts to achieve optimal health, wellness, fitness and physical function of the aging adult and to communicate throughout the Section to enhance participation of and responsiveness to members and promote and instill the value of belonging to the Section.