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Geriatric physiotherapy home visits in Vienna

Physiotherapy designed to meet the needs of elderly patients at home in Vienna
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    Peter Andrukonis

    The information on this page has been reviewed by physiotherapist Peter Andrukonis.

    What is geriatric physical therapy?

    Geriatric physical therapy focuses on the treatment of older patients. Seniors have different needs and problems, which require a different approach on the part of the therapist. It is designed to help older people maintain or improve their physical abilities and possibly prevent further deterioration of their health. This type of treatment may include exercises, stretches, manual manipulations and massages.

    Geriatric physiotherapy treatment

    Duration of treatment: 60 minutes unit
    Price: €120 per unit
    Refund cash desk €40 - €80
    Preparations: No special preparations
    Duration of results: Depending on the problem, repeat the treatment often necessary

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    Advantages of geriatric mobile physiotherapy

    Improved quality of life

    The most important benefit of geriatric physiotherapy is the improvement of the quality of life of seniors suffering from age-related diseases. Often these cause a significant impairment of mobility and thus a reduction in the quality of life.

    With regular therapy, patients become more mobile and stronger over time, which increases their independence and improves their quality of life. They can again more often perform daily household tasks, go shopping or meet old friends and acquaintances again without being dependent on a companion. Climbing stairs or walking on an uneven surface becomes safer and the risk of falling is reduced.

    Overall better health

    There is no drug or measure that has nearly as many positive effects on the human body as exercise. The body is there to be moved, exercise is life and regular exercise contributes enormously to the overall health of the person. The blood circulation of the whole body is improved, this makes the organs and metabolic processes work properly. Muscle mass is built, which allows you to move without pain and without restrictions. The risk of chronicity of existing diseases decreases, which is particularly important in arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Mental performance also benefits enormously from therapy, as new stimuli are constantly being set and people have to work outside their comfort zone, where, as we know, life begins.

    Relieve pain

    Often seniors suffer from chronic diseases that cause pain and have already developed a so-called pain memory. In most cases, regular physiotherapy brings relief from pain and improves the patient’s well-being. Various manual techniques and measures can be used in the treatment. Massages or cold/heat applications can also be helpful.

    Why geriatric mobile physiotherapy

    1. Convenience
      Physical therapy in the comfort of your own home offers several advantages, including convenience. No travel time, no searching for a parking space, and all the benefits of physical therapy in familiar surroundings.
    2. Personalized care
      During a home visit, physical therapists get a glimpse into a person’s circumstances. With this information, they can more effectively tailor therapy to the needs of the patient.
    3. Security
      Older people have an increased risk of falling, which can significantly reduce life expectancy in the event of a serious injury or broken bone. Home physical therapy can help identify and address potential hazards in the home, such as uneven surfaces or poor lighting, to reduce the risk of falls.
    4. Cost-effective
      Physical therapy at home can be a more cost-effective option for people who need regular, long-term treatment. If mobility is limited, health insurance companies will reimburse the home visit fee. Patients are not at risk of missing an appointment and therefore no out-of-pocket costs.
    5. Better results
      Physiotherapeutic treatment in a familiar environment increases the patient’s motivation and allows them to participate more intensively in the treatment process.

    Types of physiotherapy treatments in geriatrics

    Depending on the type of disease diagnosed in patients, different types of treatments are available. Among the most common are:

    Manual therapy

    This method uses hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization and manipulation along with soft tissue massage/stretching exercises to improve joint mobility and relieve pain. This type of treatment can help regain mobility after surgery or relieve pain in arthritis/arthritis.

    Bobath/Neurological Therapy

    The focus here is on the treatment of neurological clinical pictures such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke (insult), paraplegia and more. Each of the above diseases has different symptoms and each case is different. During the home visit, physical therapists develop individualized treatment plans for their patients to target the biggest problems.

    Training programs

    Exercise programs tailored specifically for older patients focus on increasing flexibility and strength while improving balance and coordination. Patients are given homework for the time the therapist is absent to increase the effect of the therapy. The training program is constantly expanded and modified to ensure progress.

    Before and after physiotherapeutic treatment in geriatrics

    Before a geriatric physiotherapeutic treatment

    In order to best prepare for a physiotherapy treatment, it is recommended to shower beforehand and to wear clean as well as comfortable clothes. If there are any health uncertainties, it is advisable to discuss them with female doctors beforehand.

    After geriatric physiotherapy treatment

    It is recommended to give yourself enough time to rest and take care of your body. In addition, exercises or recommendations from the therapist(s) can be continued at home to support the success of the treatment.

    The recovery time in geriatric physical therapy.

    For optimal results, therapy should usually be performed 2-3 times per week. In addition, recommended exercises should be repeated independently and regularly. A balanced, protein-rich diet and drinking enough fluids also contribute to success.

    The effects of geriatric physiotherapy treatment

    The effects of geriatric physical therapy treatment usually last for several months or longer when combined with other lifestyle changes such as improved diet and increased physical activity. Ongoing monitoring by your physical therapist:s is recommended to ensure that progress continues over time and that necessary adjustments are made as needed.

    FAQ geriatric physiotherapy

    Frequently asked questions about geriatric physiotherapy

    Geriatric physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that aims to help older people improve their mobility, function and quality of life.

    Home visit geriatric physical therapy offers the advantage of treating the elderly in the comfort of their own homes without having to travel long distances. In addition, it enables individual therapy tailored to the needs of the patient.

    Geriatric physical therapy can be used for a variety of problems, including balance issues, fall prevention, gait and mobility limitations, musculoskeletal pain, and neurological conditions.

    The duration of a geriatric physical therapy session depends on the specific needs of the patient. However, a typical session can last between 60 and 100 minutes.

    It is helpful to have information about your health history and current medications available. In addition, make sure you wear comfortable clothing and that your home provides a suitable environment for therapy.

    Yes, many health insurance plans offer coverage for physical therapy. However, you should find out in advance what benefits your health insurance covers.

    It is not necessary to make a doctor's appointment for every session. However, your therapist(s) may recommend a doctor's visit in some cases to support your treatment.

    Geriatric physical therapist:s should have formal training in physical therapy and ideally have additional training and experience in geriatrics.

    You can find qualified geriatric physiotherapists in Vienna by contacting your health insurance company, your family doctor or a health center. Online searches and reviews from other patients can also be helpful. At Heimphysio you are at the right address. We have qualified physiotherapists who have experience in the field of geriatric physiotherapy.

    The frequency of treatment depends on the individual needs of the patient.

    Geriatric physiotherapy throughout Vienna

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