Physical therapists are professionals who specialize in helping people move and function properly, especially when there is a change in their normal movement patterns. They assess individuals and create treatment plans that aim to enhance mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, fitness facilities, and nursing homes, and they must be licensed in each state they practice. A graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program is required to take the national licensure exam.
Home health physical therapists work with people in their homes and find it rewarding to help them improve their quality of life in their familiar surroundings. They have a greater sense of autonomy and spend uninterrupted one-on-one time with patients, which leads to appreciation from patients and their families. During the first visit, a home health physical therapist evaluates the patient and designs a personalized plan of care with specific interventions and a timetable for achieving goals.
Home health care provides therapy services in the patient’s place of residence, including pediatric patients and individuals of all ages who need rehabilitation due to injury or other conditions.
Common health conditions seen in home health include:
- Total Joint Replacements
- Progressive Neurological Conditions
- Fall Risk
- Chronic Pain
- Incontinence, Wounds
- Heart Failure
Physical therapists in home health use various skills such as:
- Gait Training
- Transfer Training
- Home Exercise Program Development
- Home Exit Management
- Fall Prevention
- Progressive Resistive Exercises
- Pain Management
- Incontinence Treatment
- Wound Care
- Neuropathy Treatment
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