Outpatient therapy is an alternative to hospitalization or other residential treatment for many seniors with certain types of injuries or other medical incidents. If your injury is mild to moderate and doesn’t significantly impair your daily routine, Nye Health Services’s outpatient therapy program may be an excellent choice for healing your injury and regaining your flexibility and mobility while living at home. The cost, convenience, and other advantages of our outpatient therapy program make us a favorite among patients across Nebraska!
Advantages of Choosing Outpatient Therapy
Being injured doesn’t have to mean being stuck in the hospital. There are several outpatient therapy advantages that make attending regular physical therapy appointments and going home at the end of the day an attractive option for many seniors!
Recover in the Familiarity of Your Home
Outpatient therapy allows you to recover from the comfort of your own home. Enjoying your own bed, familiar food, favorite activities, and other comforts of home can improve your mood and outlook on your health throughout your recovery process, as can being surrounded by your family, friends, and pets. If you need a little extra assistance adapting your lifestyle to fit your needs, especially during the first week after your injury, our home care services can help you regain your independence at home.
Outpatient Therapy is a Cost-Effective Option
Hospital stays can come with a hefty price tag. Spending just three days in the hospital can cost around $30,000, and most mild to moderate injuries do not require the round-the-clock care of long term hospitalization. Outpatient therapy is a much more affordable alternative that can help you recover without breaking the bank. Even patients with good health insurance can save thousands of dollars by choosing outpatient therapy.
Maintain Your Progress
Once you’ve started to make progress, be sure to keep putting in the effort so that you don’t lose it! Continue following your physical therapist’s recommendations even after you start to feel better in order to keep building muscle and decrease your risk of future injuries.
Physical therapy serves a variety of purposes. It is designed to help you manage pain while improving your strength, balance, mobility, and flexibility. Muscles that are not used frequently after an injury can atrophy, or lose strength and flexibility, which can make managing at home more difficult even after your injury has healed.
Your individual physical therapy treatment plan will vary depending on the type and severity of your injury. Attending physical therapy and doing recommended at-home exercises regularly help your injury heal and keep your body strong and functioning properly so that you can continue enjoying the things you love.
What Should I Know Before Starting Outpatient Therapy?
We are always here to answer any questions you have before starting outpatient therapy! We create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients, and we accept a variety of types of insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket outpatient therapy cost.
Obtain Your Doctor’s Permission
We require the approval of each patient’s physician before starting physical therapy. However, all you’ll need to do is contact Nye Health Services, and we’ll assist you in coordinating this. You’re always welcome to visit our therapy gym and meet with our rehabilitation team members before committing to treatment, and we’ll work with you to set up a therapy plan that meets your needs.
Medicare Federal Coverage
Outpatient therapy is an excellent option for patients that use Medicare. Medicare Part B covers a wide variety of types of outpatient therapy, such as physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy. As of 2020, up to $2,080 will be covered before your healthcare provider indicates that your physical therapy is medically necessary. At that time, 80 percent of your treatment will be covered.
Medicaid State Coverage
Medicaid coverage varies more than Medicare coverage, but most patients that use Medicaid will find that physical therapy is partially or fully covered. Keep in mind that your specific coverage depends on the state you live in and the rehabilitation provider you select.
At Nye Health Services, we prioritize helping seniors choose the best type of treatment available after an injury. Our outpatient therapy program is a top choice among patients throughout Nebraska and surrounding areas that want to maintain the independence of living at home while recovering from a mild to moderate injury. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient therapy services or to schedule an appointment!