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Is Home Therapy Right for Me?

by LeeAnn Hulteen, PT, Cert. MDT1 Comment
  • Are you planning an elective surgery?
  • Do you have difficulty accessing rooms in your house or leaving your home due to an injury?
  • Is transportation to and from medical appointments difficult or inconsistent?
  • Do you have a busy schedule and find yourself canceling scheduled appointments?
  • Are you easily distracted by others around you or intimidated by equipment in a clinic setting?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, receiving physical or occupational therapy from an Athletico therapist in the privacy and comfort of your home is an excellent option for you.

Why Should You Consider Home Therapy?

Leaving home can be challenging and exhausting for anyone who has had recent surgery, suffered an injury, or had a chronic illness. Physical or occupational therapy in the home setting is another way to maximize your functional ability and safety as you recover. Each session consists of dedicated one-on-one time between the patient and a licensed physical or occupational therapist, allowing for high-quality treatments.

Designed for Your Needs

When receiving therapy in the home, patients can be sure that their treatment sessions have immediate applicability, and each treatment session pertains to the patient’s immediate needs. Therapists will assess the patient’s condition, make recommendations on equipment, identify potential barriers in the home, and design a treatment and exercise program that is specific for the patient. For example, a physical therapist will ensure that you can safely navigate stairs with an assistive device (such as a cane or crutch) to access specific areas of your home. The clinician will work with the patient to develop a plan of care that focuses on regaining functional ability in the setting where patients spend most of their time.

Convenient for You

Rehabilitation success depends on consistent attendance with therapy sessions and compliance with home exercise programs. Busy schedules and lack of consistent transportation can make attending therapy in the clinic setting challenging for some people and thus can be barriers to achieving their rehabilitation goals. Having a therapist come to the home lets you choose from many appointment options, including mornings, evenings, and weekends, which may work with your busy schedule.

No Special Equipment Required

Finally, with no other patients around, care is focused exclusively on you and is designed with your unique goals and needs in mind. No special equipment is needed. Your licensed physical therapist will bring everything you need for a successful treatment session. Therapists are also very creative in the home setting, incorporating everyday household items into the home exercise program thus, making completing exercises at home easy and convenient.

Choosing Home Therapy

Once you reach your maximum rehabilitation potential at home, you may safely continue your therapy in a clinic setting. Your clinician will transition you to the clinic of your choice and often with the same therapist. If you think Athletico’s Home Therapy service is right for you, connect with our virtual assistant MARGIE on the Home Therapy page of the Athletico website by clicking HERE or call 877-Athletico to start the search for an available therapist near you.

The Athletico blog is an educational resource written by Athletico employees. Athletico bloggers are licensed professionals who abide by the code of ethics outlined by their respective professional associations. The content published in blog posts represents the opinion of the individual author based on their expertise and experience. The content provided in this blog is for informational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied on for making personal health decisions.

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1 Comment

  1. Colin Crawford

    Great blog! Wish Athletico had Home Therapy when I had my hip replacement surgery back in 2018. Thanks!

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