Community-based physiotherapy (CBP) is physiotherapy care that is delivered either at a patient’s home or an agreed upon location which is easy to access for the patient, such as a gym or hydrotherapy pool. CBP is helpful for people who can’t get themselves to appointments (for example, they don’t have a car or can’t drive at the moment). This includes people who have recently returned home after surgery, have a disability, are ageing or are unable to leave their home.
Services provided in community-based physiotherapy
Services provided are aimed at providing a clear diagnosis, plan of action and use physical activity and pain management advice to achieve the strength, condition and pain-relief goals. As the physiotherapist is in the home location, they can also identify environmental hazards or other opportunities for exercises. Examples of conditions treated in CBP:
- Acute (recent) and chronic (long term) muscle and joint issues (orthopaedic/musculoskeletal) conditions. Such as sports injury assessment and rehabilitation and arthritis
- Post-surgical care e.g. total hip or knee replacement
- Care around pregnancy, including antenatal and postnatal care
- Neurological conditions
- Aged patients with frailty and mobility concerns
Why community-based physiotherapy
Physiotherapy helps people maintain their physical conditioning and independence in their home, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations. Community-based physiotherapy can improve access for elderly people to receive services to maintain or further improve their quality of life well into their later years. This is especially true for older people living in rural areas. It is important for people to feel as comfortable as possible when receiving care, and for those with a compromised immune system or mental health concerns, being in the home may be the most comfortable place for us. CBP improves access to those who may not have access to in clinic services. CBP is part of the evolution of health service delivery and aims to:
- Reduce the need for hospitalization
- Support the ageing population
- Support the rural community
- Provide care where patients are most comfortable
How far do you go?
We provide service in and around the Strathalbyn area. If you live in a nearby township, please contact us for available times and days that we service your area.
At PhysiYoga, we value the ability to provide the best care possible to our patients. Community-based physiotherapy allows us to provide another, patient-centred, avenue of care to keep the people in our community healthy and active. If you are interested to learn more contact us today.
In cases where advice, diagnosis and goal setting is desired (for example, post surgery, after a new diagnosis, after having a baby), a telehealth consult via phone or the internet may be appropriate. Please contact us so we can discuss with you if community-based physiotherapy or telehealth is right for you or your loved one.