By Purposefully Home
Are you wondering what the difference is between home and clinic therapy? It’s important to know when deciding which one is right for you and when you might need it. People that are having pain or loss of functional mobility can benefit from skilled services of an occupational therapist. So how do you decide between clinic therapy and home therapy?
Clinic therapy is done at a clinic in a controlled environment limiting outside distractions. You make an appointment and the therapist likely has back to back patients, fitting you into their schedule; which may make it hard for the therapist to transition between patients. It can also be difficult for therapists that work in a clinical setting to make recommendations for an uncontrolled setting like the home. However if you are recovering from a sports injury then a specialized sports therapy clinic may be the best option for you. If you are hospitalized then a hospital therapist on staff will help to rehabilitate your current condition… But what about when you are ready to get back into your normal routine at home again?
People that have mobility issues, have suffered an injury or that are in old age may need occupational therapy but have trouble leaving their homes, which is when home therapy becomes a fine option. Home therapy takes place when a therapist visits a person’s home and helps people to reach their treatment goals. Home therapy is fantastic for many other reasons as well, which I will list below.
Benefits of Home Therapy:
- Attendance is easy since it’s the therapist that comes to you.
- You are being treated where you live, with the items you use, and the therapist can then in turn customize your treatment for the home.
- Family and friends can get involved with on site training if they are also around the home during sessions.
- The therapist can go over fall prevention and safety within the home.
- You are in a comfortable setting within your own home, therapy doesn’t need to be intimidating and the use of scary equipment does not need to be involved.
- Since you are having therapy in your home environment it’s easy for the therapist to help you transition back into your ADL’s (activities of daily living)!