Right now in America, falls are the number one cause of death and injury to seniors. Everyday seniors are being admitted to hospitals with injuries from falls that consist of broken hips, head injuries, and other types of trauma. Whether you are recovering from surgery, or from a fall itself, it is important to start building up strength right away to prevent future accidents from happening. This is where in-home therapy can help.
What is In-Home Therapy?
In-home therapy manages problems related to pain, poor endurance, balance issues or difficulty walking, and muscle weakness all in the comfort of your own home. In-home therapy can include in-home physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Each week a home care therapist can come into the home to provide one on one support that focuses on the individual’s needs, so they can recover more quickly from illness, injury or surgery. By providing this type of care inside the home, it allows an individual to gain more independence in a familiar location where they feel safe. They will be able to continue their in-home exercises provided by the therapist, ensuring faster recovery time with a positive health outcome.
Benefits of In-Home Therapy
With in-home therapy, a physical therapist will create a customized program in your home, that will help to prevent loss of mobility and introduce a wellness-based program that encourages you to have a healthier and more active lifestyle. Seniors who are not currently maintaining an active lifestyle have a greater risk of developing various illnesses like pneumonia, ulcers, and bed sores. Not only does in-home therapy provide you with greater mobility, the service is a more cost-effective way to treat chronic pain without having additional surgeries or purchasing more prescription pain medication. In-home therapy is becoming more involved in the senior health care process, by providing benefits that are continually improving the quality of life for seniors who want to continue to age in place in their own home.
Benefits of Home Recovery
Being able to recover in your own home is just one of the many benefits of having a home recovery. But studies have shown that a home recovery can provide a speedier recovery, reduce hospital readmissions and promote a healthier lifestyle. Having a home care professional come in and help with your home recovery can provide one-on-one hospital-level care that can help to avoid safety-related causes like infections, medication errors and falls. Additional care in the home after a surgery can help the individual to focus more attention on restoring their health and not having to worry about their normal daily activities.
Signs In-Home Therapy May Be Required
If you or your loved one have experienced or are showing signs of some of the following, in-home therapy could be beneficial:
- Loss of Balance
- Back Pain
- Stroke or Heart Attack
- Difficulty Walking
- Joint Pain
- Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery
- Noticeable Decline in Function
There is no doubt that aging will have an impact on your life and your loved ones. Daily tasks like walking up and down stairs can prove to be more daunting and have an increased risk of falls or serious injury. Just by having in-home therapy sessions a few times a week, the provided education, strength training, and fall hazard inspections will help to keep you or your loved one on track for living a more independent life at home. So, prevent you or your loved one from becoming one of the 800,000 patients hospitalized annually due to a fall injury.