Home Health Therapists Help In Many Ways
For many people, those words trigger thoughts of an elderly person who is confined to a wheelchair or someone who might be completely bed-bound. While home health therapists serve clients in that exact situation, there are many, many more things they do to help. They work with people from all kinds of backgrounds and deal with just about every condition you can imagine.
No one wants to have their independence taken away, to be stuck at home all day and dependent on others for their basic needs. That’s where a home health PT can help. They provide physical therapy for you in the comfort of your own home, help you get around your house safely, show you how to do your basic daily activities easier, and get you moving again.
Here’s how the Home Health Section of the APTA defines it:
Home health care is the provision of skilled therapy services in the patient’s place of residence. While the majority of patients are senior citizens, there also are pediatric patients with developmental disabilities and other conditions, and individuals of all ages in between who need rehabilitation because of injury or other causes. Home care may actually be provided in the patient’s residence, the caregiver’s home, a hospital emergency room, skilled nursing facility, residential facility, group home, hospice, or elsewhere in the community.
The following are health conditions commonly seen in home health:
- Total joint replacements
- CVA (stroke)
- Progressive neurological conditions
- Fall risk
- Chronic pain
- Heart failure
Whether you are coming home from the hospital following a surgery or illness, if you have a progressive condition like Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis, or if you have a serious heart or lung condition, they can help. You don’t have to give up on social activities or outdoor events because of fear of falling. Home health therapists can help you gain the strength and balance to get back to doing the things you love.
If you have Medicare insurance, all that is required is a referral from a physician
If you have a loved one (parent, grandparent, etc) at home and they are having trouble with their day-to-day activities, don’t be shy about asking their doctor for a referral for home health. If you have an upcoming surgery and would rather do your rehab in the comfort of your own home instead of a nursing home or rehab facility, you can ask your doctor if home health would be a better fit. Give home health a try, you’ll be glad you did!