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Occupational Therapy in the Home for Non-homebound Patients
- Marlene A. Riley, MMS, OTR/L, CHT
- Towson University in the Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science
Home health services are most typically associated with care provided post hospitalization for homebound patients. Occupational therapists are often part of the post hospitalization home care team to provide training in activities of daily living. The home environment is often the more authentic location to continue to provide training in these skills even when the homebound criterion is no longer met. There are other conditions that warrant skilled occupational therapy in the home even when there has not been a hospitalization. Increased awareness of the benefit of occupational therapy in the home, along with available reimbursement options, will hopefully improve knowledge for appropriate referrals. The future holds a need for more occupational therapists to choose to work in home care.