You or your loved one may have suffered an accident or injury that may require OT or PT rehabilitation services. A physician prescribes OT and PT treatment to help their patients get back on their feet after an illness, injury, or decline in functioning. While OT and PT treatment is done in the hospital setting, others may require these services once at home to ensure they can function independently in their homes.
Occupational therapists (OTs) also work with a wide range of populations, ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. In the home setting with adults with physical impairments, OTs may work with individuals with diagnoses that include arthritis, multiple sclerosis, knee and hip replacements, individuals who have suffered a stroke, and individuals with low vision deficits such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. OTs work with their patients on functional daily living skills that in the home can include improving independence with dressing, toileting, bathing, training individuals to use adaptive equipment to help increase their independence with self help skills, getting in and out of the tub/shower and on and off the commode, and preparing meals safely. Another important role of the OT may include performing a home safety assessment and making recommendations that can improve the individual’s safety and independence in their home. To learn more about occupational therapy, check out the following links
Physical therapists work with a wide range of populations ranging from pediatrics to geriatric. In the home setting, PTs may work with adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, stroke victims, recipients of knee or hip replacements, back surgeries, or individuals suffering from the effects of a recent fall. The home health PT may work with patients on getting up and down stairs safely, getting in and out of bed/chairs, getting in and out of a bathtub/shower and on and off the commode. They may also teach their patients how to safely use walkers and canes to get around their homes as well as address balance and strengthening exercises. This was just a brief summary of what PTs do in the home and the populations they may work with. To learn more about physical therapy, check out these links.