Physical Therapy – Improves Balance, Gait and Strengthens MusclesPosted by in Fall Prevention | Health | Home Health Care | Medicare
Since one in three Senior over age 65 will fall and for a third of them, it will be a life changing experience, Fall Prevention is a primary concern for anyone over 65, 75 or 85. Medicare A covers Physical therapy at home and Medicare B will cover outpatient. For anyone who has Medicare or an HMO, speak with your doctor and ask whether Physical Therapy will be beneficial. Boca Home Care will Help.
Whether you or an aging loved one walks independently, with a cane or walker, age in of itself is a risk factor for falling. If you live alone, get a Personal Emergency Response System – so you don’t spend hours or longer on the floor, unable to get up by yourself. If you use a cane or walker, are you using the right one for your needs? Are you using it properly? Boca Home Care can send a Registered Nurse and Physical Therapist to your home to evaluate and start a care plan.
Since Falls can often lead to fractures…. a broken hip, anything and everything you can do to increase your odds of NOT falling should be done. Clearly get safer shoes, improve lighting in the home, remove clutter, get grab bars etc. All things to make your environment safer.
You can also do more to make your leg/body safer. Medicare and (likely) HMOs will even cover the cost of a Physical Therapists. Medicare A – in home therapy is covered at 100% and if you prefer to do outpatient PT with aquatics and weights, then Medicare B will cover the cost.
A licensed Physical Therapist will meet with you, assess your condition and needs. They will then put together a plan for up to two months to work with you. They will teach you exercises, how best to navigate and how to best use your walking equipment. Your legs can be strengthened, gait and balance improved.
Usually following a fall, fracture and Rehab stay triggers further Physical Therapy. However, with an order from your doctor, you can receive physical therapy as a preventative measure.
For people over 75 years old, who basically are in good health, the whole name of the game is “don’t fall”. P/T is available to you… consider using it and help prevent a downward spiral which could end up causing you to give up your home and much of your independence. Speak with your doctor. Bring up the idea of PT to them. (Fall) Prevention really is some of the best medicine practiced.
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