Physical Therapy helps restore individuals to optimal function and independence. It gives traditional therapeutic techniques and modalities, as well as offers a variety of programs and services aimed at prevention, wellness, and education.
Superior Home Health offers a broad rehabilitation program to meet the needs of our patients that go through joint replacement surgeries. Consequently, physical therapists work with these patients to bring back their physical mobility quickly and with less pain, in the comfort of their own homes.
Our Rehabilitation Joint Program includes:
- Physical Therapy coverage 7 days/week
- 1st home visit done by physical therapist within 24 hours of hospital discharge; in addition, advanced notice of surgery by physician office or hospital
- Evaluation for medical equipment needs and home safety instruction; certainly, resulting in better patient safety
- Point of care testing for blood thinner levels resulting in fast results- also with quick adjustment in medications
- Education materials for the surgery, in addition to useful information about pre-existing conditions and other health needs
- Excellent coordination of care between home care physical therapist and surgeon
- Tracking of specific functional outcomes, measured against national data
- Use of evidence-based treatment protocols customized by physician, surgical procedure, and patient health needs
- Fall prevention risk assessment and fall prevention education
Contact us today to find out how we can help you with Fall Prevention at home.
Here are 5 key benefits of getting Physical Therapy at home:
1) Prevent falls and major injuries:
As people age, their physical strength and balance tend to decline. Thus, patients are at risk for falls, and thus, potential injuries. Superior Home Health’s Physical Therapists will travel to patients’ homes to assess their muscle strength and overall body awareness. We first look for signs to see if there are weak muscles, balance issues, or changes in walk. Our PT’s use techniques that measure a patient’s bio-mechanics. This is their ability to use their own bodies correctly and efficiently. We then look for certain cues or movements that can cause injuries, teach patients exercises, and how to better it as needed.
2) Pain Management:
Physical therapy is an essential tool for pain management. In fact, with the nation’s opioid crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to lower the use of
opioids in favor of safe alternatives like physical therapy. While pain is personal to each patient, physical therapy is incredibly effective and can be managed in multiple ways. Such as, with ice packs, electrical stimulation, TENS, exercise, or stretching. Our Physical Therapists complete a specific course of treatment approved by the individual patient’s MD.
Once a care plan is made, our Physical Therapists teach patients effective ways to use their bodies in the most efficient manner possible. This includes education for caregivers, too. Caregivers play a key role in their loved one’s recovery after illness or surgery. As Physical Therapists, showing caregivers how to properly use their own body mechanics is part of our job. It helps to protect themselves and the patient. Furthermore, we help patients and caregivers identify potential hazards at home. Also, teach them certain techniques to decrease the risk of falls. Some of this can be as simple as removing certain objects from the home that may increase this risk. Such as, area rugs or large pieces of furniture.
Caregivers are also taught how to safely transfer patients without hurting themselves. In addition, the education includes checking the need for adaptive equipment. These include ramps, hand rails, canes, or walkers if stairs become too much.
4) Improved Mobility and Surgery Recovery:
For patients who aren’t capable of getting to an outpatient facility following a major surgery, Physical Therapy at home may be a necessity. This can be both short term or for a longer period of time. Our Physical Therapists come out to the patient’s home to continue the skilled care that began in the hospital setting. Along with our qualified nursing staff, we ensure all surgical wounds are healing properly, especially after orthopedic surgery. We test the patient’s strength and range of motion. The main goal is getting them back on the path to complete wellness, improving their functional mobility in the home.
5) Regain Independence and Resume Normal Routine:
While some of our patients need intensive, in-home physical therapy, others require short term help getting back to their normal routines. Our Physical Therapists give skilled services to help patients continue their typical, everyday lives and take back their independence. For example, a pneumonia patient suffering from weakened lung capacity may need to practice walking to the mailbox again. We also help patients get back on track after fighting the Flu, or with worsened difficulty breathing and Congestive Heart Failure conditions. Based on the patient’s specific condition and personal goals, we team up with our nursing staff, caregivers, and the patient’s doctor to make a customized treatment plan.
Certainly, talk to your doctor about in-home physical therapy, and see if it’s right for you.
If so – Request a referral to Superior Home Health… You won’t regret it!