Most patients who need therapy need to go someplace, such as a physical or occupational therapy center. But what about the people who can't get out of their home? Are they stuck at home until they can find a way to get the therapy they need? Not with home bound therapy! Mark McDonald from the South Platte Sentinel talks about the benefits of home bound therapy in his September 4, 2019 article. This type of therapy benefits people who really need help: the patients who are physically unable to leave home.
Physical Rehabilitation for the Home Bound
When movement is limited due to a physical ailment or a recent surgery, the patient often is forced to recover in a nursing home, where he or she receives the treatment, care, and therapy that is necessary. However, living at home is usually much preferable to living in a nursing home. Home bound therapy makes it possible. Physical therapists come right to the patient's home and work with the patient on their exercises to help them gain back strength and flexibility. The therapists can bring with them small objects to work with, but they also use what is available in the home. Therapy for home bound patients might include balance training or rehabilitation exercises for stroke victims. The physical therapist works to help the patient recover and be able to maneuver in and out of the house.
Occupational Therapy for the Home Bound
A home presents numerous challenges to someone who has limited motion. Climbing up and down steps, walking in the grass, getting in and out of a car all can be very difficult for a patient who may be recovering from a surgery, such as a knee replacement. An occupational therapist can help the patients meet these challenges and overcome them right where they need it most. Home bound occupational therapy is actually very practical and helps home bound patients stay at home longer by learning new functional skills.
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