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), or 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.
Here are five benefits of outpatient therapy.
Having therapy in your own home, whether it’s physical, occupational or speech, can be an overall more comfortable and useful experience. 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.
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.
Another consideration for outpatient therapy is that it typically offers a more flexible schedule. Traditional inpatient therapy is usually performed during weekday business hours by appointment. 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.
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 a fall.
Regardless of how acute, chronic, typical or unique the condition, our goal is to make a significant improvement in 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.
Although therapy can be the answer to many conditions, it’s important that the environment you’re in is suited to helping you achieve your 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.