Falls are the leading cause of numerous types of injuries among the senior population. Most of us are familiar with the commercial where the elderly person says, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” This phrase rings true in so many families where there is an aging loved one who is at risk of falling. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of fall-related injuries among seniors is through mobile physical therapy.
Physical therapy helps seniors prevent falling by setting up an exercise program designed to keep their body strong. The first thing the therapist does is perform a comprehensive assessment of the patient to determine his/her health conditions and risks of falling. Next, an individualized program is developed based on the specific needs of the patient.
For some patients, all that is needed are some exercises to improve balance and coordination. Others have more complex health issues that require various medications, or they may have severely impaired vision or other issues. For patients with more complex conditions, a combination of balancing exercises, strength training, and other types of activities may be needed.
The Advantages of Mobile Physical Therapy for Fall Prevention: In recent years, a growing number of seniors have opted for mobile physical therapy to help build their strength and reduce the risk of falling. The ability to have a therapist work with the senior in the comfort of their own home provides several benefits. These include:
Convenience: Driving to and from physical therapy visits can be a pain, literally. For seniors especially, there are days when it is difficult to get out of bed, let alone drive to a hospital or clinic. The problem is, the days you do not feel up to traveling are the days when you most need to see the therapist. By receiving the therapy at home, there is no need to go anywhere. All you need to do is wait for the therapist to show up at your home.
Flexible Scheduling: We all know how difficult it can be to schedule therapy appointments at a hospital or clinic. Many of these places are booked two or three weeks out or longer; and generally, you are in a position where you need to take whatever times they have open. With mobile physical therapy, the appointments are scheduled at times that work best for you, not the other way around.
Personalized Attention: In a clinic or hospital setting, a therapist is typically going back and forth between several patients at the same time. With mobile therapy, the therapist is able to give you his/her undivided attention. This ensures that you receive the individualized care you need and deserve.
Advanced Fall Prevention Measures: A major part of a comprehensive fall prevention plan is a safe environment. Not only do you need stronger muscles and bones, you need to remove hazards from your home that could lead to a fall. By coming to your home, the therapist is able to fully assess your environment and help you take the necessary steps to make things safer. The combination of strengthening exercises and reduced environmental hazards vastly reduces the chances of falling in the home.