Home Health Rehab
Why choose a Home Health Rehabilitation Career with Aurora?
When we enter a home we enter a life. Our therapists have great personal flexibility and autonomy in their workday. They are assigned patients who they then schedule themselves, which allows flexibility to work around commitments and other personal needs. Initial patient visits may last an hour to an hour and a half. Additional visits usually last 45 minutes to an hour. Typically, work hours do not include weekends or evenings, however, some therapists prefer to schedule weekend appointments.
Home care therapists treat patients of all ages with a wide variety of medical conditions (deconditioning and weakness after a medical illness, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular accidents, Parkinson disease, post-op joint replacement, and many other orthopedic, cardiac and neurological diagnoses). Therapists can be also become involved with palliative care.
Because home care therapists encounter so many diagnoses, they are constantly challenged to use their orthopedic, neurological and rehabilitation skills. The comprehensive nature of home health requires therapists to have an in-depth level of involvement with their patients medical and medication management.
Importance of Communication and Training
Because home care therapists work independently and are constantly on the road, we:
- Provide monthly staff meetings and in-service sessions
- Encourage therapists to take part in joint visits with each other, to gain additional insight
- Have staff members available by phone for consultation
For new graduates, we provide an extensive orientation program to help you learn home care practice and gain confidence treating independently in home settings.
For experienced therapists, our home care rehab program is a great opportunity to use your manual skills. If you enjoy mentoring others, we also have opportunities to work with clinical students or to sit on the boards of local physical therapy schools.
It takes a team effort to treat patients. You'll collaborate with nurses, physicians and other therapists. For some cases, you'll work with physical therapist assistants. Because you are not limited to an office or one setting, you'll tap into your creative skills to make do with what you find in the home to provide truly functional treatment. You'll be providing holistic care and working with whole family systems, which is a huge benefit to a patient.
Role of Technology
At Aurora, home care physical therapists are equipped with wireless laptops and Internet technology, which allows access to patients' hospital and clinic records, including tests, prescriptions and notes. You'll also be able to review evidence-based practice literature, journals and other online resources. All patient scheduling is done via your laptop. If you have a cancellation, you can easily add another patient to your schedule using your computer.
Our physical therapists are also provided with GPS-equipped cell phones for easy navigation.
Model of Care
Model of Care: Independent Yet Collaborative
The home health model of care allows for an independent style of practice while staying connected with your team. Each therapist manages his or her own caseload and schedule. This allows for work-life balance and lots of flexibility. All therapists are assigned a specific geographical territory in order to minimize travel time and mileage.
Home health physical therapists work one on one with patients to help them stay independent in their homes and community. Our therapists work with all age groups from pediatric to geriatric with many different diagnoses.
We develop relationships with patients and help them function in their personal environment. They, in turn, are grateful that we keep them safe and help them continue living at home.