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Rehabilitation Services

Physical, occupational & speech therapy

Adventist Health Simi Valley provides high quality physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services. Our rehabilitation services treat individuals with medical or health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform activities in their everyday lives. Patients receive one-on-one, evidence-based evaluations and treatments by highly skilled, licensed therapists. We examine each patient and develop an individualized plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent further disability.

The therapists at Adventist Health Simi Valley Rehabilitation Services collaborate with your physician so that you achieve the highest level of function. Our services stress preventive education, the highest quality care available, and a holistic approach to physical rehabilitation with an emphasis on total wellbeing.

Whether you need just one of our therapy services or all of them, we offer the benefit of comprehensive physical rehabilitation services at our hospital. Our services and programs are designed to meet your needs, and together with our other service lines, we are able to bring you seamless delivery of care.

A truly personalized experience

There is no “one-size-fits-all” rehabilitation program. A rehabilitation specialist needs to work closely with you to develop a truly personalized program, and Adventist Health Simi Valley’s rehabilitation team does just that. You will be encouraged to discuss the most difficult aspects of your condition and what you hope to gain through rehabilitation in the acute care setting. Together, you and your therapist will work with interdisciplinary team members on your case to come up with a plan aimed at helping you meet your goals, especially as they relate to your recovery, safety, and optimal discharge planning.

Physical Therapy

Regain your functional independence and quality of life

Physical therapists are experts in human movement across the age span. They evaluate movement impairments, treat individuals with conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities, and provide preventive education as well as individualized exercise programs to their patients. Physical therapists improve patients’ quality of life through functional training, hands-on care/ manual therapy, prescribed exercise, modalities, durable medical equipment and orthotic assessment and training, and patient (and caregiver) education.

Physical Therapists treat:

  • Orthopedic Joint Pain- as part of our Orthopedic Joint Program & Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery team
  • Spinal Disorders and Pain- as part of our Orthopedic Spine Program & Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery team
  • Pre- and Post-surgical rehabilitation – as part of our Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery team
  • Neurologic Disorders- as part of our Primary Stroke Accreditation team
  • Vestibular Disorders/Dizziness
  • Sports Injuries
  • Balance and Falls
  • Cardiovascular Disease- as part of the Chest Pain Accreditation team
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Functional Decline/Deconditioning
  • Acute and Chronic Illness (including pain and cancer diagnoses)

Occupational Therapy

Time to take back your independence in activities of daily living

Occupational therapists help people achieve independence in daily occupations, such as self-care skills and leisure and work activities. When people have strokes, sustain injuries, or have chronic mental or physical health problems, occupational therapists help them engage in occupations or everyday activities that are personally meaningful, socially satisfying and culturally relevant to help them restore a sense of normal life and independence.

Occupational therapy is about helping people return to doing the day-to-day tasks that fill our normal days, make us feel useful and happy, and help us contribute to our families and communities.

What does occupational therapy involve?

Adventist Health occupational therapy programs include:

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs) training (like dressing, feeding, grooming)
  • Functional transfer training (like moving from a seated to a standing position to use the toilet, shower and tub)
  • Bathroom durable medical equipment assessment and training
  • Upper extremity range of motion and strengthening
  • Upper extremity splint fabrication
  • Cognitive assessment and retraining
  • Visual perceptual assessment and retraining
  • Fine motor coordination; upper extremity function
  • Patient and caregiver training
  • Neuromuscular re-education

Speech-Language Therapy (Inpatient & Outpatient services*)

Renowned comprehensive care in communication, cognition and swallowing disorders

Restoring function to adults with acquired impairments in communication, cognition, voice and swallowing is the goal of our licensed speech-language pathologists (therapists). Our therapists offer expertise in many areas related to speech, language, cognition, voice and swallowing. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Swallowing disorders
  • Speech-language disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Head and neck cancer intervention for speech and swallowing disorders

Who could benefit from speech therapy services?

Individuals with a diagnosis of the following:

  • Stroke; traumatic brain injury
  • Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and ALS
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Dementia
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
  • Voice disorders, including misuse, overuse and/or injury
  • Cerebral palsy, COPD or unknown etiology/causes

Speech Therapy Specialty services provided

  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

This is a specialized program for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Research has documented that Lee Silverman Voice Treatment is effective for the voice and speech problems unique to patients with Parkinson’s disease, such as a soft voice and a “mumbling” quality to the speech. Specially certified speech-language pathologists provide this treatment.

Visit www.lsvtglobal.com for more information.

  • VitalStim Therapy

This specialized, FDA-approved swallowing treatment involves neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the swallowing muscles combined with swallowing exercises. It is beneficial in improving the strength and safety of patients’ swallow function. VitalStim may also benefit patients currently reliant on tube-feeding. Specially certified speech-language pathologists provide this treatment.

Visit www.vitalstimtherapy.com for more information.

Outpatient Speech Therapy Services-
At present, we are only providing Outpatient Video Swallow Study Evaluations. Please consult your physician for a prescription. To contact our Speech Therapy department, please call (805) 955-6416.


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