Mobile physiotherapists can provide home-visit consultations instead of traditional physiotherapists that work in regular “bricks & mortar” clinic settings.
Patients and practitioners are more aware of the home mobile physiotherapy benefits. In this blog, we will be discussing the benefits that individuals can receive from home physiotherapy, as well as how they impact healthcare delivery in Australia.
1. Personal Safety Benefits
The main benefit of physiotherapy done at home is Safety. Because it takes the strain of transporting an injured person (home to a clinic or hospital and back again) off of their shoulders, they are likely less stressed.
In my years working as a traditional, fixed-location physiotherapist, we often wondered about the logistics of patients in severe pain getting to appointments. Many people would go to great lengths to get their appointments. It can be difficult for people to maneuver their car and drive it, despite stabbing or shooting pain. Even patients were able to drive their cars when they had neck pain, despite not being able to see their blind spots.
Because of these safety considerations, continues to grow in popularity today. While patients may be loved for their perseverance, the bottom line remains that driving to and back from a clinic can be dangerous.
Once an appointment date and time have been agreed upon, a mobile professional physiotherapist will visit you at home to give a thorough assessment as well as treatment of your injury.
Assessment is the foundation for any physiotherapy appointment. It also serves as the basis for patient care. It is important to get this right. Any assumptions that are made will cause you to delay your recovery.
Here’s an example: During a clinic consult, a patient might come in and state that his mattress is causing him back pain. As a physiotherapist in fixed locations, we are forced to make assumptions about how the bed feels and looks. If you make a mistake in my assessment and recommend the replacement of the mattress, it can lead to further back injuries.
Injured persons with mobility issues from moderate to severe will want to avoid out-of-door movement and prefer to rest at home. If you have these conditions, or for more severe cases where it is technically safe to visit a traditional clinic but are still in need of physiotherapy, why not consult a mobile therapist? It’s just easier and more convenient for all involved.
Consider parents of young children. Scheduling an appointment for them is often difficult. It is easy for kids to become disoriented in clinics or other foreign environments. This adds stress to everyone. A physiotherapist’s attention span decreases, which can lead to poor quality assessment, treatment, or results. Patients become discouraged and kids feel frustrated when they see their parents unable or unwilling to do the normal tasks.
4. Equal Access For People With Disabilities
Unfortunately, many people who are disabled cannot access traditional clinics. Although Australia strives for inclusion, many of Australia’s buildings are not handicap-friendly. Even though steps and tight spaces may not present a problem for many people, they can pose huge challenges to those in wheelchairs.
Ex-owner of a fixed-location clinic, you should know location accessibility is something we should consider when opening our doors. Commercial rent is very expensive so many physiotherapy centers are located in the back of shopping malls. This makes it more difficult to find a clinic.
Access problems can be made easier by having physio at your home. Patients have better mobility and control in the area where they are most familiar.