Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I need to live to receive rehabilitation?
Outreach Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech Rehabilitation currently serves patients living in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and sections of Long Island, Rockland County, and Hudson County, NJ.
What is physical therapy and can it really help?
Physical therapy develops, restores and maintains maximum movement and functional ability. Its effectiveness is determined both by the creativity of the therapist and the cooperation and motivation of the patient.
What types of equipment do you bring with you?
Outreach’s therapists bring resistive bands, cuff weights, massage cream, blood pressure cuff, home exercise sheets, electric stimulation portable unit (if necessary), goniometer, tape measure and—most importantly—our professional knowledge and hands. In addition, we order assistive devices as needed from local medical supply vendors.
What is Occupational Therapy and how can it help?
Occupational Therapy is about understanding the importance of an activity to an individual, being able to analyze the physical, mental and social components of an activity, the environment and or person to enable them to resume the activity. OT’s work with people to restore physical and cognitive function and can also assist in making modifications to the home environment and or work towards improving such activities as cooking, bathing, dressing and social participation.
What is Speech Therapy and how can it help?
Speech and Language Pathologists or Speech Therapists address peoples speech and vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs through speech therapy in a variety of different ways. Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, common treatments may range from physical strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice and drilling, to the use of audio-visual aids and other strategies to facilitate functional communication.
Is home therapy as effective as going to an outpatient clinic?
It certainly can be. The determining factor is the effectiveness of the individualized treatment plan. Outreach’s therapists are particularly creative in their approach. We pride ourselves on our ability— under the guidance of your physician, podiatrist and or Nurse practitioner — to carefully assess and assign a viable treatment plan for each patient.
How long will treatments last and how often should I have them?
This very much depends on what is specified in the referring doctor’s prescription regarding duration and frequency of treatment. Other factors include the acuteness of the condition and how quickly your overall function is improving.
Do I have to pay for at-home therapy? What insurance companies are you providers for?
Outreach accepts most private insurance plans and Medicare Part B. To find out if we are providers for your insurance company or if you have any further insurance questions, please call 212-842-0080, and we will be very happy to assist you.
I can’t climb subway or bus steps easily anymore. Is there anything I can do?
Outreach will develop strategies geared specifically to make the negotiation of stairs easier. We help you to strengthen weak muscles and counsel on the use of assistive devices, if indicated.
My balance has gotten so bad. Can it be improved?
Balance can definitely be improved through exercise. This is supported by the results of a study conducted in January 1997 by Shumway-Cook, et al, with a population of 105 community-dwelling adults over the age of 65 who had two or more falls during the previous six months. The study examined the multidimensional effects on balance, mobility, and falls risk among adults within that community. The results showed that exercise can improve balance and mobility function, as well as reduce the likelihood for falls among community-dwelling older adults with a history of falling.
I don’t know if I need a cane, rolling walker or rollator. Which should I use?
Outreach can fit you with the most appropriate device that will allow you to function safer and more easily at home and in your community.
My lower back bothers me when walking and reaching. I think I need physical therapy, but I am uncomfortable in a clinical setting. Can you help?
We are experienced in treating low back pain and yes, we do make house calls, no matter what your age or mobility.
I’m concerned about my privacy. What is the policy at Outreach regarding private information?
If you have any further questions, please call 212-842-0080 for specific information about how Outreach Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech Rehabilitation can assist you.