As a home health therapist in today’s world, time is of the essence. Daily hours spent on the road, clocked time spent with each patient, after-work documentation and scheduling are just a few aspects of the time consuming beast that we all have come to know and love. Now I am sure that each of you have developed your own time management skills and I imagine that a few of you are much more efficient than myself. There are however some simple tools that you, as a home health therapist can add to your digital toolbag to help improve efficiency, preparation, and overall quality of care for your patients.
For the home health PT:
Anatomy and Physiology - Essential Anatomy 5 - the number one used app by universities across the US. This app offers detailed views of muscle origins/insertions, motions and problem areas. This app can be used to help demonstrate movements and help patients visualize diagnoses.
Pt diagnosis info - ICD10 Consult 201 - Need some clarification on a new Dx? Use this app to explore diagnoses from referrals and orders, it also provides code numbers for agencies requiring them on their evals.
Range of Motion - Goniometer app. Does it need any more description? Ha! Now I understand one can never replace the good old fashioned goni, but when you’re in a pinch and don’t have one handy, give this a try.
HEP - MedBridge Go for Patient - Home exercises program app with descriptions/ videos/ images. Also offers detailed descriptions of dysfunctions. Exercises programs can be custom created by the the therapist for their patients. HEP should be used at patient’s own risk.
Durable Medical Equipment/Adaptive Equipment - Specialty Medical Supply - This app can be used to show suggestions of DME such as Rolling Walkers and STCs.
APTA - APTA Action - provides members the ability to educate themselves and advocate for Physical Therapy. Stay on top of legislation news and trending hot topics.
For the home health OT:
Home modification - Home Measures - Can be used to measure items in the home to ensure ease of access, install equipment to appropriate ADA height and measure ramp slopes to ensure safety.
TherapyGuide - Can be used to educate both therapists and patients about Arthritis care, Fall prevention strategies, surgical pxs, mobility safety, and exercises.
Fine Motor Coordination - iWriteWords - This app can be used to help address handwriting and FMC. Also, see Dexteria - Fine Motor SKill Development
Stroke and Neuro Rehab - Dexteria VMI - Visual Motor Integration Skills - This app can be used to improve visual motor perspective skills.
Patient/therapist communication - Occupational Therapy Spanish Guide - Guide created specifically for OT usage to help address communication barriers between therapists and Spanish speaking patients.
For the home health SLP:
Dictation software - Dragon Anywhere Dictation Software - Speech recognition software for handsfree typing.
Speech exercises - Constant Therapy - Evidence-based cognitive, speech and language exercises that can be custom chosen for the patient by their therapist.
Assistive Devices - CoreVOICE AAC core board - Custom Visual Supports for patients with aphasia.
Speech Therapy Exercises - SmallTalk Oral Motor Exercises - Visual representations of articulations.
These are just a few examples of how we can utilize technology to assist our patients in their homes. From diagnostic apps, to home exercise programs, to home modification tools, these simple apps can help us make educated decisions that can improve the quality of life for the patients we treat. I have one more app that I think you should check out:
For the home health OT, PT and SLP:
A new home health App - Zuum Solutions - Designed by therapists for therapists. This app helps therapists manage their caseload, collect patient signatures, allows therapists to accept and decline new referrals, improves co-discipline communication, assists with therapist to assistant caseload management, and so much more. Download it TODAY!
- Caleb Johnson