Physical therapy at home occurs when a physical therapist comes to your home to provide rehabilitation services. This type of service is reserved for patients who are unable to leave the house to attend PT. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
Your condition is acute or severe and leaving the home presents a health risk
Your functional mobility is limited, and you cannot travel to therapy
You lack adequate transportation or access to transportation to get to your physical therapy
You simply desire a private PT session in your home
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What are the benefits of in-home Physical therapy?
Prevent falls and major injuries. As people age, their physical strength and balance tend to decline.
Improved Mobility and Surgery Recovery
Regain Independence and Resume Normal Routine
Who can benefit from in-home physical therapy?
In general, if you have any problem that results in a loss of functional mobility, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist. And if you are having difficulty leaving the house, a PT can come to your home. Conditions that may require home-care physical therapy may include:
Post-surgical conditions like a total hip or total knee replacement
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
After a cardiac event like a heart attack
After trauma such as a fracture
When Can Someone Begin Receiving In-Home Physical Therapy Services?
If you suffer an injury or illness that limits your ability to move around normally, you may benefit from physical therapy at home. Some people use in-home PT services to recover from surgery, while others may need assistance getting into and out of bed or performing other daily activities.
The best time for someone to start receiving physical therapy at home is when they are no longer hospitalized but still require a high level of care with mobility.
If you struggle with a physical issue that hinders your ability to move normally, and you have circumstances that make it a burden for you to travel for care, you may well qualify for in-home physical therapy.
What Does an In-Home Physical Therapist Do?
An in-home physical therapist will work with people experiencing pain or injury at home. They may also help those who are recovering from surgery and need to get back on their feet, as well as elderly individuals who want some assistance living independently.
Why Use In-home Physical Therapy?
There are many reasons why you might want to use an in-home physical therapist. You may not be able to go into an outpatient location because of your work schedule, or you might need some assistance with activities of daily living. Physical therapy can help someone get back on their feet and live independently as they recover from an illness or injury.
Who Should Use In-Home Physical Therapy?
At-Home Physical Therapists will provide services for people who have been hospitalized but are now returning home due to the healing process being “almost” complete. They also work with those at risk of falling while in their homes, elderly patients looking for assistance when it comes to mobility and safety issues, individuals recovering from surgery that needs support during rehabilitation (like hip replacement), and more.