Rehabilitation therapy at home includes experienced physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists who help patients regain strength after surgery, improve mobility and function, and maximize independence to live safely in the comfort of home. Patients also may get help in making changes to their home to lower the risk of falls.
Common diagnoses that require home rehabilitation include amputation, developmental delays, brain injury, joint replacement, cardiac surgery, congestive heart failure and stroke.
What is rehabilitation therapy at home?
Rehabilitation therapy at home can include a range of services. Talk to your provider to learn more about rehabilitation services at home for you or a loved one. A referral by your provider will be needed to get health care at home.
Rehabilitation therapy at home may include the following services:
- Range-of-motion exercises
- Walking and balance training
- Strength and endurance exercises
- Vision screening
- Medication management
- Home modifications
- Assessment for assistive devices
- Cognitive training
Types of rehabilitation therapies at home
MaineHealth Care at Home provides an array of home health services in the area of rehabilitation therapy. Talk to your primary care provider or specialty doctor about getting a referral to receive our services. Here are the kinds of rehabilitation therapies you can receive at home:
Physical therapy at home
Physical therapists work with patients to improve movement and strength after an accident, a joint replacement or other life challenge. They provide safety assessments; teach balance and help patients exercise to meet their goals.
Occupational therapy at home
Using specially developed exercises and teaching, occupational therapists help patients with daily living skills, including bathing, dressing and preparing meals as well as cognitive disorders.
Speech language pathology at home
Therapists help patients who have difficulty speaking learn to make better or louder sounds, understand speech and learn or develop the use of other communication skills. For patients who have difficulty swallowing due to injury or health conditions, our speech therapists use the latest treatment techniques and devices to stimulate damaged or weak muscles.
Post-operative care at home
To ease anxiety of patients facing hip or knee replacement surgery, therapists provide post-operative services that include home safety evaluation and education, adaptive equipment assessment, pain management and therapeutic services.
Orthopedic rehabilitation helps patients recovering from knee, hip, ankle or shoulder joint replacement surgeries to gain strength and independence.
Cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients with heart failure, post-cardiac surgeries, and pulmonary disease to conserve energy for enhanced safety and independence.
Stroke rehabilitation helps patients maximize communication and motor skills.
HomeSafe helps patients reduce the risk of falls through home modifications, balance training, and general health management.