The Rehabilitation Center at Shell Point Retirement Community now offers specialized Parkinson’s therapy, following recent certifications obtained in LSVT-LOUD and LSVT-BIG.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, nearly 90 percent of individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) suffer from speech and voice disorders that negatively impact communication abilities – ranging from reduced volume to poor articulation. Additionally, PD patients can struggle with controlling repetitive motions that are commonly seen as hallmarks of the disease.
LSVT-LOUD and LSVT-BIG are therapy programs developed for patients with PD and similar neurological conditions, and perfected over decades of research. The LSVT-LOUD treatment uses systematic exercise to stimulate the speech motor system, improve vocal function, and slow the progression of muscular deterioration. LSVT-BIG targets limb motor systems to increase speed of motion and sensory perception.
“The great news for those with Parkinson’s is that studies have proven positive outcomes resulting from LSVT-LOUD and LSVT-BIG therapy. Patients report strengthened vocal muscles and improved movements,” said Christine Gulotta, director of Therapy at Shell Point’s Rehabilitation Center. “We are thrilled to be capable of delivering these programs to our clients.”
The following LSVT-LOUD and LSVT-BIG certified therapists will assist clients at Shell Point Rehabilitation Center who could benefit from this therapy: Mina Keramati, SLP; and Ilse Kluever, PT.
Located in The Larsen Pavilion at Shell Point, 15071 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, the Rehabilitation Center offers inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative and individualized physical therapy to members of the Southwest Florida community as well as Shell Point residents. Shell Point’s team of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, physical therapy assistants, certified occupational therapy assistants, and technicians provide specialized therapy programs that include orthopedics, stroke care, memory care, pain management, low vision, and more. A dedicated occupational therapy suite and aqua therapy pool are also available.
Learn more about Shell Point’s comprehensive healthcare services at www.shellpoint.org/healthcare, or schedule a visit by calling the Admissions team at 239-415-5432.
About Shell Point Retirement Community
Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in Fort Myers, Florida. A nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry, Shell Point is located just two miles before the Sanibel Island causeway, offering independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care for its 2,400 residents, with more than 1,000 employees supporting an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, four open-to-the-public dining venues, a championship 18-hole golf course, and numerous recreational facilities with educational and cultural programs. To learn more about Shell Point, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.
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