The Role of the Physical Therapist in Home Care
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is an individualized patient treatment that can help individuals regain mobility, reduce pain and restore independence.
Who benefits from physical therapy in the home?
In the skilled home health care setting, physical therapy can be part of the patient’s care plan. Most commonly, we treat patients who:
- Had a recent hospitalization or surgery
- Need orthopedic rehab after hip, knee or spinal surgery
- Received a new diagnosis such as COPD, stroke or diabetes
- Experience frequent falls
- Have swallowing issues
- Suffer from incontinence
What do in-home physical therapists do?
Physical therapists are licensed healthcare professionals trained to evaluate, assess and treat limitations in functional mobility, such as those caused by illness or injury.
By using different techniques and therapeutic exercises, physical therapists can help patients gain strength, increase range of motion and improve physical function. They work with patients to set specific goals and then tailor their treatment plans to meet those milestones in the patient’s preferred home setting.
Am I eligible to receive in-home physical therapy?
There are certain eligibility requirements to receive physical therapy, and your doctor (or skilled home health provider) can help determine if you meet the criteria. If you have trouble leaving home or are dealing with any of the issues above, you may want to speak with your doctor to see if you would benefit from in-home physical therapy.
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