Most patients who receive physical therapy are referred to Hope Health Care Services by their physician.
Your doctor can make the referral to a local visiting nurse service that offers physical therapy, and he or she can attest that home services are medically necessary. This medical necessity report will likely also state that home-care physical therapy is needed because you are unable to leave the house due to your condition or circumstances.
Physical Therapy in the comfort of your home.
Physical Therapy Considerations
Working hard at home with your PT can help you have a positive outcome to regain maximal functional mobility.
Most physical therapy services in the United States are covered by insurance, and certain rules apply to home-care physical therapy to be covered by your insurance carrier.
For most insurance plans, physical therapy in your home will be a covered service if you are able to demonstrate significant barriers to you leaving the house. These barriers may be due to your injury or illness or due to your inability to travel.
If you choose to have PT at home just because it is convenient for you, your insurance company may not cover the service and you will have to pay for the therapy yourself.
Who Can Benefit From It?
In general, if you have any problem that results in a loss of functional mobility, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist. And if you are having difficulty leaving the house, a PT can come to your home.
Is Home-Care PT Effective?
While having home physical therapy, you will hopefully get better. As your condition improves, your functional mobility may improve, and you may be able to start leaving the home regularly. If this happens, your home-care physical therapist may discontinue in-home services.
What If I Don't Qualify?
If home-care services are denied, you may have a right to appeal. Call your insurance company and ask about an appeals process. You may also wish to call your doctor’s office to explain your situation. Your physician may be able to help you navigate the appeals process.
Who Can Benefit From It?
In general, if you have any problem that results in a loss of functional mobility, you may benefit from working with a physical therapist. And if you are having difficulty leaving the house, a PT can come to your home. Conditions that may require home-care physical therapy may include:
- Gait and balance improvement
- Muscle strengthening
- Range of motion
- Post-surgical therapy
- Activities of daily living
- Parkinson's disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- After a cardiac event like a heart attack
Call Hope Health Care Services, Speak with a qualified home health assistant.