What We Offer
Our Geriatric Physical Therapy Care Management services include:
- Obtaining a detailed history focused on medical problems, impairments and function limitations;
- Performing a systems review and selective screenings;
- Administering tests, taking measures to gather data spanning 5 health domains (i.e. behavioral health, cognitive health, mental health, physical health and functional health);
- Researching evidence-based best practices as indicated;
- Providing physical therapy diagnoses and associated intervention strategies;
- Setting realistic goals, developing an individualized plan of action, and providing effective treatment;
- Identifying areas needing consultation or referral with other medical healthcare providers.
Physical Therapy Treatment: services generally consist of, but are not limited to, any of the following areas:
- Therapeutic Exercise and Functional Capacity Development
- Example: Patients with cardiovascular and/or cardiopulmonary conditions may need the skills of a PT to monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation in order to safely progress their exercise programs.
- Neuromuscular Re-education
- Example: Patients who have fallen or are concerned about falling may need the skills of a PT to develop their balance reactions in order to reduce their fall risk, fall frequency and/or fear of falling.
- Gait Re-Training
- Example: Patients who are having difficulty walking may need the skills of a PT to assess the eight phases of the gait cycle, make a functional diagnosis of the problem(s) in order to focus the treatment prescription.
- Manual Therapy (e.g. joint mobilization, myofascial pain release techniques)
- Example: Patients who experience pain with movement may need the skills of a PT to reduce pain to regain motion.
- Therapeutic Activities
- Example: Patients with cognitive challenges may need the skills of a PT to set up effective programs that promote optimal movement by training caregivers in protocols that are safe for everyone.
- Wheelchair Management
- Example: Patients with posture control and mobility deficits may need the skills of a PT to determine and justify medical necessity for a Medicare-covered customized wheelchair seating system.
- Physical Performance Testing
- Example: Patients with physical limitations that impact their quality of life may need the skills of a PT to provide evidence-based testing that justifies the need for skilled services and specialized equipment.
- Orthotic or Prosthetic Training
- Example: Patients needing specialized external supportive devices to help protect or move a body part may need the skills of a PT to identify what equipment is best for their situation and to train them how to best manage the equipment.
- Community Re-entry Training
- Example: Patients who have suffered significant illness or are recovering from major surgery may need the skills of a PT to help them regain their mobility in their community.
- Home Safety and Management
- Example: Patients who are concerned about being able to live safely in their homes may need the skills of a PT to identify fall risk areas and corrective interventions.
- Assistive Technology Assessment
- Example: Patients who may need specialized walking equipment (e.g. U-Step walker) may need the skills of a PT to provide evidence-based treatment and written documentation that justifies the need for skilled services and specialized equipment under Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment benefit program.
MIPT’s Medically-Oriented Wellness Programs are for people with complex medical condition(s) who do not have traditional Medicare insurance, but who need the specialized knowledge and skills of a geriatric physical therapy doctor to design, monitor and progress their therapeutic programs for optimal health.