Home health care is the provision of skilled therapy services in the patient’s place of residence. A patient’s first visit by a home health physical therapist will include an evaluation. He or she will perform an examination to identify current and potential problems. Based on the results of the examination, and considering specific goals, the physical therapist will design a plan of care to include specific interventions and will propose a timetable to achieve these goals and optimize function. The physical therapist will likely provide the patient with instructions to perform exercises to facilitate recovery.
Physical therapists (PTs) are experts in movement, especially movement that must be addressed once there is a change in the “normal” movement patterns .PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists provide care for people in a home health agencies as well as in a variety of other settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. All PTs must receive a graduate degree from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. The majority of programs offer the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree.