Physical Therapy Proven to Pay Off for Home Health Dementia Patients

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Physical therapy (PT) has the ability to improve activities of daily living (ADLs) and functional ability for Medicare home health beneficiaries with dementia, a recent study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found. The findings stand as a reminder of the value of PT services, despite ongoing changes under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and shifting strategies among providers.

Overall, researchers found that Medicare home health beneficiaries with dementia who received zero PT had a 60% chance of seeing ADL improvement. Those who did receive PT services had a 75% chance of seeing improvement — a substantial boost.

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