Services Offered

All services are provided under a physician’s plan of care and coordinated with the patient’s physician.

Physical Therapy (PT) is the skilled diagnosis and treatment of medical or injury-related conditions that result in physical limitations. Physical Therapy involves increasing muscle strength and endurance, promotion of soft tissue healing, restoring range of motion and improving balance and coordination among other things.

Physical Therapists must have a graduate degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program before taking the national licensure exam. Physical Therapists must follow the State Practice Act in the state in which they treat.

Occupational Therapy (OT) is skilled treatment that is focused on assisting individuals achieve independence by being able to perform the activities of daily life. Occupational Therapists work with the patient’s environment to eliminate barriers or secure adaptive equipment or assistive devices to facilitate the mastery of tasks.

Occupational Therapists have a minimum of a Bachelor Degree from an accredited four year college or university and a degree from an accredited Occupational Therapy program. Beginning in 2007, a Master Degree or higher in OT will be the minimum educational requirement. Occupational Therapists must pass a national certification examination. Those who pass the exam are awarded the title of Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).

Speech-LanguageTherapy addresses speech production, vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs through rehabilitative or corrective treatment of physical and/or cognitive disorders.

The practice of Speech Language Pathology is regulated by the laws of individual states. To be a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association requires a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology including a clinical fellowship year and passing an exam called the Praxis Series examination. Certification is noted by carrying the three C’s representing Clinical Competency Certification after the name and before SLP or Speech Language Pathologist.

Skilled Nursing  involves the provision of medical services by a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). The care follows written orders by a physician and could include administration of medications, wound care, observation and assessment, catheter changes, and blood draws. Overall, skilled nursing services include the management of the medical care provided under the patient’s plan of care.

Medical Social Services  include assessing the social and emotional factors related to the patient’s illness and care; evaluating a patient’s home environment and needs including financial and other resources; and helping the patient access community resources to assist in recovery. The Social Worker might also provide counseling to the patient and family to address emotions and issues related to injury or illness.

A Medical Social Worker is an individual who has a master’s degree from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education and has at least one year of social work in a health care setting.

Home Health Aide Services are those geared to assistance with activities of daily living such as getting in and out of bed, dressing, bathing, eating and using the bathroom. Home Health Aides in the State of Texas must have completed 70 hours of Aide training and pass a certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). A Home Health Aide must complete 12 hours of continuing education each year.

Dietary Services include a nutritional assessment which involves an evaluation of food intake, diet history, food frequency and diet composition. These services are provided by a registered dietician and are important to the detection and prevention of diseases as well as to the recovery and rehabilitation process. Home Therapy Austin is not required by Medicare to provide dietary services but, we believe the services are essential to positive outcomes for many of our patients. We do not receive additional reimbursement for these services.