Your first physiotherapy visit with PhysioCare at Home will include collecting your consent form for treatment, going over your medical history, performing an initial physical assessment, discussing your current physical concerns, and outlining your goals for improvement. To save time, you can download the forms on our Download Forms page and have them completed before your first visit. For more information on billing and insurance, please visit our Billing and Insurance page.
It is recommended that you book your session during a time of day when you are at your optimal energy (i.e., have had sufficient rest and nourishment).
Please wear comfortable clothing. Please also provide a list of any medication you are taking, copies of your doctor’s referral or medical or imaging reports, as well as copies of previous or current exercise programs, if you have them.
Your Physiotherapist will bring a client folder to your initial assessment. The folder will include:
- Welcome letter
- Billing process and policy information
- Equipment list (equipment available to you)
- Consent form
- Goal setting sheet (your top 3 short term and long term goals)
- The physiotherapist will ask questions about your health, your condition/problem – when & why it started, your goals of treatment
- Do a physical assessment to test flexibility, balance, mobility, strength, transfers, positions that cause pain (if any). We’ll use standard measures like Berg Balance, Dynamic Gait Index, and Function Reach Test to track your progress.
- Discuss the issues, explain the problems & decide on a plan
- Give you exercises to do on your own or with help from family/caregivers
- Set up next appointment
- Commence treatment
- Review exercises & give more as needed
- Use appropriate modalities as needed (i.e. TENS, heat, ice, Muscle Stimulator, Acupuncture)
- Perform manual therapy as needed (i.e. stretching, etc.)
- Perform activities that challenge exercise tolerance and balance as appropriate
- Work on functional activities related to your movement goals
- Reassess Progress by measuring flexibility or retest balance or mobility, etc. We’ll use the same standard measures from your initial assessment so that you can see the progress that you’ve made, and we can celebrate your hard work and improvement together.
- Modify treatment plan as required in preparation for discharge