Five Benefits of Outpatient Therapy

May 15, 2019

Physical therapist helping senior woman lift a weight.


The Differing Therapies

Therapy can quite literally be a lifesaver when it comes to growing older. While there are vast areas of what therapy can cover, it is typically performed at a medical facility (inpatient), in the patient’s home, or assisted living community (outpatient).

While inpatient therapy can have its own benefits – such as care for more complex rehabilitative needs, extensive oversight from nurses, more frequent sessions, and access to hospital stays – outpatient therapy has several benefits that may fit better with the needs and lifestyle of you or your loved one.

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Here are five benefits of outpatient therapy.


Benefits of Outpatient TherapyEliminates Travel

Having therapy in your own home, whether physical, occupational, or speech, can be a more comfortable and useful experience overall. If mobility is an issue, having highly trained staff come to you can take away the stress of traveling to and from sessions, such as getting in and out of vehicles, walking on slippery pavement, and waiting at an inpatient appointment.

Home Comfort

Having therapy in one’s own living space is also beneficial because you can get used to practicing in your environment with familiar items. For example, if there is a certain chair you prefer to sit in, you can practice getting in and out of your chair rather than one of a different style you would normally never use. This concept applies to many different types of therapies and will likely produce the best therapeutic results catered to your lifestyle.

Woman smiling while she lifts arm above her head and physical therapist holds down shoulders.


Another consideration for outpatient therapy is that it typically offers a more flexible schedule. Traditional inpatient therapy is usually performed by appointment during weekday business hours. If you or your loved one are looking for something that is more flexible with your hours, outpatient therapy could better cater to your schedule.

Senior woman pulls on therapy band while physical therapist smiles.

The Edgewood Advantage

Preventative Measure

Along with all the general benefits of outpatient therapy, a considerable advantage of outpatient therapy at Edgewood is the emphasis on preventative care. Our therapists are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or conditions, proactively offering solutions to help avoid future life-changing events, such as falls.

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Regardless of how acute, chronic, typical, or unique the condition is, our goal is to significantly improve our residents’ lives through our therapeutic services and care. While we offer physical, occupational, and speech therapies, the list of conditions we treat is extensive, and we will do whatever is necessary to help you achieve the best quality of life.

Living Your Best Life

Although therapy can be the answer to many conditions, it’s important that the environment you’re in is suited to helping you achieve optimal health and comfort. Selecting independent living and assisted living communities or receiving home health may be a huge benefit in remedying current concerns, as they are all specifically designed to aid in the challenges that come with being a senior. 

If you are not in need of therapy and are looking for ways to stay on the same track, there are simple habits you can form that can prevent many conditions and allow you to thrive physically and mentally throughout the years.

Want to learn more about our outpatient therapy programs, home health, or senior communities? Please don’t hesitate to visit us here or call 701.738.2000.

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