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  • 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.
  • Home health

    1. 1. By Katy Wendland
    2. 2. 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.
    3. 3.  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.
    4. 4. 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%)
    5. 5. Some of the most frequently seen diagnoses in home health are 1. Developmental Disability/Congenital Disorders 2. Joint Replacement 3. Balance/Falls Disorders
    6. 6. Almost half of treatment time is spent on Musculoskeletal (47.1%) Second largest percent of time is spent on Neuromuscular (35.8%) 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%)
    7. 7. Home Health
    8. 8. Decreased from 10% in 1999 to 6.6%in 2008.  70 of 1049 PTAs work in this setting
    9. 9. Home Health median full time income $53500 Geographically the physical therapist assistants in the South have the highest salary while those in the Midwest make the lowest.
    10. 10. To be a PTA Home Health provider you need at least two years of schooling. Different states have specific rules regarding keeping up with advancements in this field after graduation.
    11. 11. http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Sec tion=Workforce_Salaries_and_Stats&Temp late=/MembersOnly.cfm&NavMenuID=455 &ContentID=71470&DirectListComboInd= D http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Sec tion=Surveys_and_Stats1&Template=/Me mbersOnly.cfm&ContentID=47284 http://seniorhealth.about.com/library/elderc are/blhomecare.htm