Home Care Therapy Services
Following hospitalization, patients are often eager to resume their prior activities and lifestyles. However, additional assistance and teaching may be needed to regain safety and independence as they return home. Help is available for this transition with home care occupational and physical therapy offered by North Country Peak Performance. The physical and occupational therapists are part of the Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice team, which has been recognized for the past several years as a “Home Care Elite” organization based on a high national ranking of quality care.
Upon physician referral, occupational and physical therapists assess their client’s ability to function independently in the home environment. Safety and accessibility of the home is assessed and recommendations provided to improve function. Occupational therapists (OT) assess self-care skills such as dressing, bathing, and eating as well as more complex tasks such as meal preparation and light housekeeping. Physical therapists (PT) evaluate activities of daily living with a focus on safety, mobility, balance, and endurance.
After determining functional limitations, home care therapists develop treatment plans to address environmental, musculoskeletal, neurological, cognitive, and/or psychosocial issues that are impacting safety and independence. Examples of OT interventions include adaptive self-care techniques, strategies to compensate for cognitive (mental functioning dealing with learning and reasoning) impairment, energy conservation, and strengthening, Examples of PT interventions include transferring from one location to another (ie, bed to wheelchair), walking, and stair training, as well as progressive strengthening, balance strategies, and lymphedema (swelling) management. Both are skilled in providing therapy methods for pain management, home exercise programs, adaptive equipment recommendations and client/caregiver education.
Home care therapists collaborate with a team including clients, caregivers, physicians, registered nurses, home care aides, and social workers to develop a 60-day plan of care. The overall goal is to help clients achieve their highest possible level of health, independence, and comfort in the home and to help prevent the need for hospitalization.