Physiotherapy Home Visits
March 21, 2019
Often Physiotherapy is seen as something that can only be accessed if people can make it to the clinic. However, most physiotherapy services can easily carried out in a person’s home. Home based physio may be of great help to those with mobility problems or long term conditions that affect mobility.
Physiotherapy in the home can be especially helpful if people are having difficulty in day to day activities. For example things such as walking, climbing stairs or getting in and out of bed. It can also be of great help to those who have had a fall, suffer from balance problems or had a recent operation which has impacted on their mobility.
It is not only physical problems that can benefit from physiotherapy treatment. It can also help those with Breathing problems such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Alzheimers Disease or Parkinson’s Disease. Research shows that a tailored, supervised exercise programme in these areas can help improve people’s day to day function and slow down the progression of long term conditions.
Visits to the home can be helpful in providing a risk assessment and advice to make the home environment safer especially after a fall. We can also provide ergonomic advice to help make daily tasks easier to do. Sometimes something as simple as having someone present to increase confidence around getting out and about outdoors again can be life changing and really help boost confidence.
All home based physio visits are set around goals agreed by the patient and therapist with the ultimate aim of improving that individual’s quality of life. Various hands on treatments can also be administered in the home including massage and joint mobilisations which may be part of aiding someone’s recovery. Visits are fitted around the individual and relatives or spouses can be present as often their input and help is valuable. In some cases we can help teach relatives in techniques that will help aid a person’s recovery or ongoing maintenance.