For many of us, having therapy in our homes is the best way to recover and heal from a recent injury or illness. This guide discusses common types of at-home therapy and how to start receiving therapy when you need it.
Therapy At Home and Rehabilitation
Max Health and Wellness therapists provide rehabilitative services in patients’ homes. An in-home therapy team may include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy depending on what each individual treatment requires.
At Max Health and Wellness, we work under the direction of physicians to help you regain the highest level of independence. We consult with, and involve other members of your health care team, including RNs, home health aides, and social workers. The entire care team works to promote independence and increase engagement in daily living.
Assessing Home Safety
Max Health and Wellness therapists are trained to assess home safety and provide recommendations to help patients improve the safety of their surroundings. A thorough assessment helps patients prevent falls, enabling them to perform daily activities safely and effectively. Therapists look for safety hazards and identify items that may place patients at risk. They also help identify the need for specialized medical equipment, such as commodes, bath chairs, grab bars and other fixtures.
What is Physical Therapy at Home?
Physical therapy is a type of medical treatment that aims to enhance the physical function and quality of life for individuals who are experiencing pain or suffering from injury. It can be done in just about any setting. Most patients, recovering from surgery, injury, or illness, prefer to have the physical therapist come to their home.
Some common challenges that physical therapists evaluate and treat include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Many more!
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.
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.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a rehabilitation profession that focuses on improving the functional abilities of people who have physical and mental challenges. It also helps to decrease or prevent disability related to occupation, daily living skills, self-care, health conditions and developmental issues. In other words, occupational therapists help their patients increase their quality of life by teaching them how to participate in everyday tasks with as little difficulty as possible.
There are many ways that an occupational therapist can work at home with his or her clients. The first way involves educating the client’s family members about specific activities and techniques they should be doing with the client so they can continue these routines after treatment has ended and even when the therapist isn’t there.
Can Occupational Therapy be done at home?
Occupational therapy can be done at home in many different ways. Occupational therapists teach their patients how to carry out daily tasks, maintain independence and engage in enjoyable activities with less difficulty.
On the first visit, the OT will review your health history, your medications and your home. Because of this in-depth review, the first visit may take longer than follow-up visits.
Your OT will develop an appropriate 60-day plan with other members of your care team. Once the plan of care is developed, the OT or COTA will visit your home as frequently as is needed for your condition and path to recovery.
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy at home is a common and popular form of treatment for those who struggle to speak. It assists individuals with the difficulties that come from stuttering or other on-going problems they may have in their speaking ability. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a deep understanding of how language works and the way it develops. They are able to identify any problems with speech, cognition, oral/feeding/swallowing skills in order to come up with an effective treatment plan on their own or alongside other specialists such as occupational therapists.
What Can Speech Therapy at Home Do for a Senior?
Working with a speech therapist in your home will help you better express yourself, as well as overcome any challenges when it comes to swallowing your words!
Speech Therapy helps people work through trouble articulating themselves while undergoing treatments like working out muscle memory associated with certain pronunciations, correcting sounds by exploring different voice qualities such as pitch and volume, training oneself how to use verbal pauses appropriately during conversation (with concentration), stabilizing breathing patterns before talking so an individual can maintain control over vocal cords without too much strain which might lead them back into another episode
A few benefits of this therapy for elderly adults are:
- Improvement of speech and voice clarity
- Increasing comprehension and verbal expression
- Improvement of chewing and swallowing
- Maximizing cognitive language skills: memory, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning
What is Nutritional Counseling?
A common problem for many elderly individuals is that their diet lacks essential nutrients. One reason may be because older people often have reduced appetites, due to a lack of socialization and limited incomes. The risk becomes exponentially higher when the person is isolated or depressed.
One way to help those who may not be getting enough nutrients in their diet is consulting with either a registered dietician nutritionist (RDN) or expert. These specialists can create individual action plans and recommend vitamins that will ensure older adults get the right amount of calcium, proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins.
Poor nutrition in the elderly can cause a number of health problems including:
- loss of muscle tone,
- and cardiovascular disease.
Does Medicare Cover In-Home Therapy?
Original Medicare covers outpatient therapies, like physical therapy when there is a medical necessity. Medicare covers 80% of these services.
A Medicare-approved physical therapist will work with patients who are in need of home care. These individuals may be recovering from surgery, elderly people looking to live independently, and those experiencing pain or injury at home.
Need In-Home Therapy?
If you are considering in-home therapy, or are wondering if you qualify to receive in-home therapy, talk to Max Health and Wellness, providing at-home therapy solutions near you in Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Shrewsbury, Marlboro, Princeton, Pennington, Hamilton, Holmdel, Middlesex, and Edison.
Using services like Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Therapeutic Medical Massage, and Nutritional Counseling, we provide at-home therapy solutions to promote health and create wellness.