October 10, 2014
To the Editor:
Please join Home Health VNA as we celebrate National Physical Therapy month, which is held every year in October. The purpose of National Physical Therapy month is to raise public awareness about the restorative and therapeutic benefits of physical therapy and to help educate the public about the vital role therapists play in meeting the needs of patients and families in our communities. Whether patients are recuperating from an illness or injury, coping with chronic pain or needing assistance with balance and strength, physical therapists transform lives one patient at a time.
The physical therapists at Home Health VNA use the latest in treatment technology and innovation to provide evidence based therapy in homes, apartments and residential communities. They are trusted experts, restoring and improving function and motion, allowing patients to develop independence with daily activities in their own convenient and comfortable setting. Their extensive education, clinical expertise and “hands on approach” help patients:
- Regain strength, endurance and mobility for a better quality of life
- Restore or increase coordination and balance
- Reduce pain and stiffness
- Retrain the body to do everyday tasks such as walking or transferring from bed to chair
Providing therapy in the home can give the therapist a direct glimpse into the real lives and real challenges of their patients –an advantage rarely available to community-based providers. And, it can provide insight into the patient’s home environment allowing therapists to identify and correct issues that may adversely impact recuperation or that pose a fall risk such as dark stairways, throw rugs, clutter or improperly placed furniture.
In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, I would like to honor therapists everywhere and to especially recognize the contributions of the 48 physical therapists at Home Health VNA.
John G. Albert, MBA, FACHE
Home Health Foundation