7 Strategies for Patient Adherence In a HEP: FAQs

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”||30px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”postimg-subtext” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]These FAQs are associated with our HEP blog series. You can read here the blog post of the 7 Simple Strategies for Enhancing Patient Adherence in a Home Exercise Program[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”inpost-title” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

FAQs

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1. How many exercises are appropriate for optimal adherence to a Home Exercise Program?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]The number of exercises in a home exercise program can vary depending on the individual’s needs. Generally, it is recommended to start with a manageable number of exercises, focusing on quality rather than quantity. Around 5-7 exercises targeting different areas of the body may be appropriate for optimal adherence.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-number” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

2. What are some Home Exercises for improving balance in elderly patients?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]Exercises such as leg lifts, heel-to-toe walk, back leg raises, and chair squats can help improve balance in elderly patients. However, the choice of exercises should be personalized to each patient’s physical condition and needs.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-number” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

3. How can I make sure my patients are performing their home exercise program correctly at home without supervision?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]In addition to the use of apps such as physiotec, you can provide clearly written visual instructions for the exercises. Encourage patients to keep a log of their activities and any difficulties they encounter.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-number” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

4. How can I design an effective home exercise program for a patient with limited mobility?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]For patients with limited mobility, focus on exercises that can be performed seated or even lying down. The aim should be to gradually improve their strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Include exercises like seated leg lifts, arm lifts, and stretches.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ module_class=”guide-banner” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” background_image=”https://physiotec.ca/ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2023/09/enhance.png” background_position=”center_right” custom_margin=”15px||15px||false|false” custom_padding=”20px||20px||false|false” background_last_edited=”on|tablet” background_image_tablet=”https://physiotec.ca/ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Banner-Mobile-–-2.png” background_image_phone=”https://physiotec.ca/ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Banner-Mobile-–-2.png” background_enable_image_tablet=”on” background_enable_image_phone=”on” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row column_structure=”1_2,1_4,1_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

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5. What does a patient look like when they’re engaged in a Home Exercise Program?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-number” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]An engaged patient in a Home Exercise Program typically exhibits the following characteristics:[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-number” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

6. What are the signs of a patient who isn’t engaged?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]A patient who is not engaged in a home exercise program may display several signs. They may fail to show improvement in their condition over time or may not reach the recovery milestones that were set for them. They might not report having time to do the exercises or consistently forget the instructions of the exercises. It’s essential for physical therapists to identify such signs early and address them promptly. This could involve revisiting the exercise program to ensure it is realistic and achievable, providing additional motivation, or exploring other ways to increase the patient’s engagement.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-number” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]

7. What should I do when a patient isn’t adhering to an exercise program?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]The number of exercises in a home exercise program can vary depending on the individual’s needs. Generally, it is recommended to start with a manageable number of exercises, focusing on quality rather than quantity. Around 5-7 exercises targeting different areas of the body may be appropriate for optimal adherence.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]Open Communication: Have a candid conversation with the patient to understand why they aren’t following the program. It could be due to a lack of motivation, physical discomfort, misunderstanding of instructions, or even lack of time.

Address Concerns: If the patient is experiencing pain or discomfort, you may need to modify the program or demonstrate the correct form and technique again to avoid any potential injury.

Motivation and Goal Setting: Ensure the patient understands the benefits of the program and how it aligns with their health goals. Set small, achievable goals and celebrate progress to boost motivation.

Simplify the Program: If the patient is finding the program too complicated or time-consuming, consider simplifying it or breaking it down into more manageable parts.

Integration into Daily Routine: Help the patient integrate exercises into their daily routine so it feels less like a chore.

Provide Written and Visual Instructions: Providing clear written instructions or video demonstrations can help the patient understand and follow the program better when at home.

Regular Check-ins and Follow-ups: Regular follow-ups, either in person, by phone, or via telehealth, can provide an opportunity to address any issues, monitor progress, and reinforce the importance of the exercise program.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text module_class=”faq-text” _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”]Remember, patient adherence can often take time and requires a lot of patience and motivation. Tailoring the program to the individual patient’s needs and capabilities can often result in better compliance.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” custom_padding=”50px||50px||false|false” border_width_top=”1px” border_color_top=”#000000″ saved_tabs=”all” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.21.0″ _module_preset=”default” text_orientation=”center” custom_margin=”||0px||false|false” custom_padding=”||0px||false|false” global_colors_info=”{}”]

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