Home health physical therapy provides skilled therapy services to patients within the comforts of home. It is a treatment setting that offers therapy to patients who may not otherwise be able to attend regular outpatient treatment sessions.
In a home care setting, therapists will see a variety of cases from pediatrics to geriatrics and all ages in between.
Many therapists love the flexibility that this type of work offers and the control they have over their daily schedules. It is a job that requires more travel than average and the ability to adapt to varying treatment environments.
Home health is not for everyone, many therapists who have experience in home health will agree that "you either like it or you don't".
Below we have put together some information to help answer some of the basic home health questions.
Common diagnoses referred to home health therapists include:
Home health therapists implement a variety of treatment techniques for the various diagnoses listed above. Gait training, fall prevention strategies, transfer training, patient and family education, and home exercise program development.
In home health, the treatment environment is the patient's home. This means more variation from one treatment session to another.
Home care may also be provided in a skilled nursing facility, group home, hospice, or other residential facility.
A day in the life of a home health therapist is definitely not for everyone. A bulk of the time your office is mobile and you are on your own.
Traffic, weather, and driving directions also play a part in a therapist's daily routine. Though a typical caseload may be lighter than in other treatment settings, driving will be a huge factor in your day.
There are agencies that hire directly and there are those that contract work out. This can allow some therapists the advantage to form their own small business based on contract work from these agencies.
Demand for home health physical therapy is expected to continue to increase as the baby boom population continues to age. Employment opportunities in home care settings are also expected to remain in demand.
Are you interested in learning more about this niche?
There are many options for physical therapy continuing education in home health care.
Aside from continuing education courses, there are a variety of text books and professional conferences that provide learning opportunities for clinicians.
A membership will allow access to specific home health information both on and offline.