In-home physical therapy is primarily offered to senior citizens, but is also suggested for clients whose injuries are too severe to leave the house. In other cases, shut-ins or clients suffering from mental trauma may also find in-home physical therapy beneficial. In terms of pediatric clients, especially those with disabilities, a therapist may visit the home environment from time to time.
When a senior citizen is assigned an in-home therapist, it could be due to any of the following ailments:
- A fall or loss of balance
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Recovery from hip or knee surgery
- Recovery from a stroke
- Heart failure/heart attack
Occupational therapy will be used to help the client re-learn how to perform day-to-day skills. Occupational therapy can help those having difficulty dressing, bathing and preparing/consuming meals. Speech and language therapy is also available after a stroke or heart attack. In-home physical therapy helps clients regain their independence.