Therapy Programs and Services

Managing a chronic condition or recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, may mean you need rehabilitation services to regain mobility. Our home care offers occupational, physical and speech therapy to ensure you have the skills, resources and support you need to continue your recovery in the comfort of your own home.

Our skilled therapists work with you and your caretakers to deliver in-home services aligned to your treatment plan and rehabilitation goals. Activities we may be able to help you with include:

  • Walking safely around your home
  • Preventing falls
  • Completing daily activities
  • Increasing strength and stamina
  • Exercising
  • Using assistive devices
  • Evaluating cognitive abilities
  • Modifying leisure activities

Common conditions that may benefit from home rehabilitation services include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Banner Health occupational therapy helps patients with a broad range of daily skills, such as bathing, dressing and cooking. After an injury, illness or surgery, some patients may need help re-learning how to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Our home-based occupational therapy program can help patients gain independence by working on skills needed to perform certain activities.

What Home Occupational Therapy Services Does Banner Health Provide?

Banner Health’s highly trained occupational therapists work with your doctor and care team to create a customized treatment plan based on your needs and goals. We take into consideration your physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being, as well as your environment and support system when delivering services.

Our occupational therapists can help you achieve greater mobility and independence by working with you to regain skills necessary for daily living. In a home environment, occupational therapy services focus on exercises and strategies to increase your ability to perform daily activities.

This may include care goals like:

  • Working to increase upper extremity strength
  • Reducing frequent shortness of breath
  • Improving ability to perform self-care activities
  • Improving ability to enter/exit shower
  • Installing and training to use assistive equipment
  • Providing education and support for family and caregivers
  • Conducting home risk assessments to offer recommendations on improving safety

What Is Physical Therapy?

Banner Health physical therapy can help patients recovering from illness or injury improve function and maintain independence at home. Our experienced physical therapy team also provides fitness and wellness programs aimed at preventing loss of mobility and promoting an overall healthy, active lifestyle. Both education and exercise are key parts of physical therapy.

Our licensed physical therapists are experienced in helping with recovery from instances such as:

  • Fall injuries
  • Joint replacement surgeries
  • Joint or back pain
  • Heart failure or stroke-related disabilities

Therapists visit patients anywhere from one to six days per week, depending on the patient’s specific needs.

What Home Physical Therapy Services Does Banner Health Provide?

Banner Health’s physical therapists work with you in your home to improve strength and restore mobility. During your first visit, your therapist evaluates your condition and your home to determine the best course of therapy. Based on your needs, we work with you to design an individual treatment plan to maximize your recovery.

In general, home physical therapy can help patients by providing:

  • Fall prevention education
  • Gait (walking) training
  • Strength training
  • Endurance training
  • Balance coordination activities
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Home safety assessment and best practices
  • Pain management
  • Training on how to best sit, stand and lie down
  • Exercises to conserve energy
  • Support for adaptive equipment
  • Lymphatic drainage massages and compression wraps

What Is Speech Therapy?

Banner Health speech and language therapy can help individuals with communication, memory, cognitive deficits (limited ability to learn and function), breathing and eating/swallowing issues. Speech therapy focuses on the patient’s ability to understand and use words.

What Home Speech Therapy Services Does Banner Health Provide?

Banner Health’s speech therapists work with each patient to design an individualized, goal-oriented treatment plan to increase independence and improve quality of life.

Our home speech therapy services generally include:

  • Evaluating the patient’s current condition (ability to swallow, communication skills, cognitive loss, etc.) and home environment
  • Creating a customized care plan
  • Working to improve communication skills to improve safety and quality of life
  • Developing attention, memory, reasoning, safety awareness, coping strategies and problem-solving skills

Examples of home activities we can help patients with include:

  • Remembering to take medications correctly
  • Improving judgment in regards to safety
  • Improving ability to use the telephone to set up appointments
  • Improving ability to follow directions
  • Improving ability to chew or swallow food
  • Reducing disorientation or confusion
  • Training on how to use a tube feeding
  • Improving communications so others can easily comprehend

How to Get Started

If you or a loved one is interested in home-based occupational, physical or speech therapy, talk to your doctor to determine which home care therapy plan is best for you.