Home Based Older Persons Upstreaming Prevention Physical Therapy, LLC


About Us

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

  Aging adults strive to remain healthy at home and in their community, but sometimes need help to accomplish this goal—this is where physical therapists can provide their expertise. Growing healthcare needs of an aging U.S. population critically stress resources of communities and healthcare systems; this has created an urgent need to examine novel preventive service models for community-dwelling older adults at risk for future functional decline. 

Mission of HOP-UP-PT

  

Prevention services has demonstrated the ability to reduce an older person’s health, environmental and behavioral risks. When healthcare resources are aimed at providing preventative investments for health it can bring about cost savings with associated positive health outcomes. Evidence exists for positive impacts of focused prevention, but there has been no robust evidence to quantify the value of prevention-focused, home-based physical therapy services for those at highest risk of becoming home-bound or hospitalized with advancing age.


Goals:

  • Establishing partnerships between community centers and local physical therapists to provide direct referrals for preventative services
  • Leveraging the skills, knowledge of a physical therapist to provide a bridge between the local community and the medical system
  • Our long-term goal is to provide a strong body of evidence to demonstrate the value of integration of HOP-UP-PT into the standard of care for aging adults.
  • The overarching objective is to improve the health and functional outcomes of older adults participating in HOP-UP-PT after referral from community-based senior centers.

Physical Therapists Who Care

 Evidence shows that being able to age-in-place is multifactorial and requires a holistic, cohesive approach. In addition to physical limitations, the capacity of older adults to remain safely in their home includes factors such as social support, nutrition, medication management, home safety, transportation resources, and an overall healthy lifestyle – all of which are within the scope of physical therapist (PT) practice, even though physical therapists do not consistently receive referrals for these skills.