those with developmental disabilities were seen most often by physical therapists providing services in the home
Home health care is allowing the patient and their family to maintain dignity and independence. According to the National Association for Home Care, there are more than 7 million individuals in the United States in need of home health care nurse services because of acute illness, long term health problems, permanent disability or terminal illness
According to the APTA website 6.6% out of 1049 PTAs work in Home health nationally in the year of 2008.
By Katy Wendland
Home Health Care is skilled health care
services that you get in your home for the
treatment of an illness or injury.
All Medicare beneficiaries can receive
home health care benefits.
To get Medicare home health care:
• Your doctor must decide that you need medical care in your
home, and make a plan for your care at home
• You must need intermittent skilled nursing care, or physical
therapy or speech language pathology services
• You must be homebound. This means that you are normally
unable to leave home. Being homebound means that
leaving home is a major effort. When you leave home, it
must be infrequent, for a short time, or to get medical care
• The home health agency caring for you must be approved
by the Medicare program.
• You must meet all four of these conditions for Medicare to
cover home health care.
Many patient of different age ranges
receive care at home.
• Infants (5.8%)
• Toddlers (8.8%)
• Children (3.9%)
• Adolescents (1.7%)
• Adults (19.8%)
• Elderly (60%)
Some of the most frequently seen
diagnoses in home health are
1. Developmental Disability/Congenital Disorders
2. Joint Replacement
3. Balance/Falls Disorders
Almost half of treatment time is spent on
Second largest percent of time is spent on
Cardiopulmonary also takes up some of
the time spent on treatment (14.1%)
Very little time is spent working with the
integumentary system (2.9%)