Why Refer Patients to In Your Home Physical Therapy

In Your Home Physical Therapy is the only outpatient physical therapy provider in our area that is:

  • Exclusively focusing on the geriatric population
  • Specializing in balance, dizziness and gait dysfunction.  We have advanced training and skill to provide the most effective treatment to produce the best possible result.
  • All of the testing and treatment is provided in the comfort and convenience of the patient’s home.

The potential benefits of our Balance Improvement and Fall Prevention Program to the patient:

  • Reduced risk for falling
  • Reduced fear-of-falling
  • Reduce serious fall-related injuries
  • Reduce emergency department visits
  • Reduce hospitalizations
  • Reduce nursing home placements
  • Improved balance
  • Higher physical activity levels
  • Improved confidence in balance
  • Improved health-related quality of life

We are the only outpatient physical therapy services company whose Falls Prevention Program was created following the American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older  Persons (2010), and endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Our program is up to date for superior fall risk management and reduced risk for falls.

Other reasons to refer:

  • Healthier patients – because they have the skill and confidence to move more. May also help with management of diabetes, HTN, depression, etc.
  • More time for you – Reducing the risk for a fall can save you the time associated with calls, hospital visits and staff time sending and receiving information that typically occur after a patient falls.
  • Secured Personal Information – we employ the services of web based technology that utilizes the same safety measures as online banking.  Your patients medical records and personal information is safe.
  • Simple paperwork – In Your Home Physical Therapy requires less paperwork than home care companies and the same amount as traditional outpatient physical therapy clinics.
  • Clear and concise patient reports – Get the relevant information you
    want quickly.
  • Easy to refer Medicare patients – In Your Home Physical Therapy is a participating provider with Medicare and other insurances.

Who Can Benefit from Our Physical Therapy Services

Clinical Characteristics:

  • History of Falls (AGS Guideline)
  • Difficulty with walking or balance (AGS Guideline)
  • Anyone the health provider feels is at risk for falls and can benefit from physical therapy (Intrinsic and Extrinsic Risk Factors for Falls)

‘Non-Clinical’ Characteristics:

  • Patient prefers a therapist that specializes in balance, dizziness and walking; has the advanced training, skill, and experience to get results.
  • The patient’s son or daughter helps them to get up, stands near them when they walk, or holds their hand when they walk.
  • No consistent and reliable means of transportation (i.e. doesn’t drive or relies on others for transportation)
  • Prefers privacy; feels uncomfortable in an open gym and would be more
    comfortable in their home
  • Lack of results in traditional outpatient setting (i.e. have tried outpatient
    clinics and didn’t like it or didn’t complete the treatment plan and subsequently didn’t get the results they were hoping for)

In-home physical therapy is not recommended for…

  • Patients who are homebound.  See below for Homebound Criteria.
  • Patients who have no desire to walk better or walk again (e.g. prefer a
  • Patients who prefer equipment-based (sitting/lying) training instead of functional-based (upright) training (i.e. doing knee extensions and leg presses vs stairs, lunges, mini squats)
  • Patients who prefer an open gym setting.

Homebound Criteria (from CMS):
To be homebound a doctor must certify that you’re homebound.  To be homebound means the following:

  • Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition.
  • Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help.
  • Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort.

A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services. You can still get home health care services in your home if you attend adult day care.

How to Refer Patients to In Your Home Physical Therapy

Fax a prescription for physical therapy to In Your Home Physical Therapy at 610-377-0735. Then call or have your patient call us to schedule an appointment at (800) 219-3145 or (484) 629-8770. Have their insurance information with you when you call.

If you have any questions about our referral process, contact us by phone or email at ed@inyourhomephysicaltherapy.com.