Some patients need physiotherapy, because old age is now causing issues like back pain
to them. Largely, there might come a time where you have to choose a physiotherapist who can visit your parents instead of doing it the other way round.
When it came to my parents, I was very clear into every factor I will look into, before locking in on the physiotherapist:
The first and the most important thing you would want to know about your physiotherapist is that whether the person is qualified to deliver this service or not. Every physiotherapist has to go through a rigorous undergraduate course, that also includes extensive training. Before taking a physiotherapist on-board for my parents, I went through their degrees and researched on the institute they went to get the qualification. If there are any unique licenses issued by the medical board in your state, check for them as well.
Identity & Background Check
Once you know that the individual is qualified to be a physiotherapist, you have to ensure that the person is safe enough to be given the responsibility of your parents. I asked them for copies of their identity and conducted a thorough research on their background. I started with asking around in their former working places and also inquired in the police station – whether they have any criminal records as such. Remember – if the physiotherapist will be visiting your home frequently, you would want him/her to be the safest person to be around.
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Patient Recommendations (Online/Offline)
Now that the basics are cleared up, you would want to know how good is your physiotherapist at her job. There are several ways to know this. The first and the most obvious way is – does she have her independent practice? If yes, then she already has her established clientele and knows what she is doing. If not, she might still be on a growth trajectory. In any case, you should get in touch with one of her clients and ask them about the treatment she has provided so far.
You can also go to websites like Practo and see for any reviews, if available.
Physiotherapists too have specializations like orthopaedics and manual therapy. Depending on what type of treatment your parents are looking for, you should look into the extra qualifications of the prospective physiotherapist. I went as far as looking into the master’s thesis of the physiotherapists we were considering. Maybe, that was a bit too far. But you can always ask for the physiotherapists’ CV that will entail all the workshops and specialized training they have received.
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Finally, the professional recommendations would be given by their professors, senior colleagues and supervisors. Patient recommendations would generally show how effective was the treatment provided by the physiotherapist, how clear was she with the communication, so on and so forth. Professional recommendations would how the level of discipline she had had while training as well as the work ethics she displayed while working.
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Asking for all these documents and checks may seem like a bit too much for some people. Can’t you simply trust a physiotherapist that a hospital is sending at your place? I remember, when I was a toddler, my mom would herself check every single thing that I would eat. And my dad would secure every place I was going to. While doing all this due diligence, I simply felt like it was my turn to do it all for them.
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