HOME-BASED SERVICES

Home-based physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services are available for individuals who are not able to travel out of their homes e.g. bed-bound, no caregivers available, not safe to travel out of the home. 

Home-based service referrals may be made through the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) for individuals eligible for subsidies; or through your doctor (private GPs, polyclinic practitioners or hospitals). Walk-ins are also welcomed.

Through engaging our Home-based services, a qualified Physiotherapist/ Occupational Therapist will provide you or your loved ones with the following:

  • A detailed assessment in your home, before recommending a suitable and customised rehabilitation plan
  • Set individual rehabilitation goals with you and your family
  • Chart out an individualised and recommended therapy plans for you to fulfil your goals
  • Provide a comprehensive fall risk assessment and recommend interventions for fall reduction, if necessary
  • Prescribe as well as educate on the proper techniques for using assistive equipment e.g. crutches, walking frame, wheelchairs, commodes, etc.
  • Retrain in engaging *Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and **Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)
  • Provide training, prescribe exercises and assistive devices to enable reintegration into the community and return to sports or work
  • Provide caregiver training and home exercise program prescription to enable you or your loved ones to achieve optimal patient care, function, activity and participation
  • Provide Home Environment Review to assess home safety and recommend appropriate home modifications to aid rehabilitation

*ADL refers to six specific tasks, which are mobility, feeding, transferring, dressing, bathing and toileting.
**IADL refers to six specific daily tasks, which are light housekeeping, meal preparation, medicine consumption, grocery shopping, telephone utilisation, and managing finances.

NTUC Health provides Home-Based Physiotherapy in the following areas:

Geriatric Physiotherapy

This service provides rehabilitation for seniors above the age of 65 years old through therapeutic exercises, mobility, gait and balance re-training to improve the senior’s level of function and reduce risk of falls.

Physiotherapy for Neurological Rehabilitation

This service aims to help patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and spinal cord injury, etc.; to regain functional independence through movement training, sensation stimulation, coordination, proprioception and strength training.

Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This service renders follow-up treatment after orthopaedic surgeries such as total knee replacement and hip surgery, to ensure the improvement of joint movements and muscle strength so that patients can return to function.

Patients with neck and back pain also get to understand their conditions better and obtain pain relief through therapeutic exercises, postural strategies and ergonomic advice to manage their neck and back conditions.

Physiotherapy through Tele-Rehabilitation

Tele-rehabilitation is an innovative way of receiving therapy whereby patients can obtain face-to-face advice from therapists via an iPad; with remote monitoring of the patient’s progress in performing therapeutic exercises.

NTUC Health provides Home-Based Occupational Therapy in the following areas:

Home-based Occupational Therapy targets clients who require Occupational Therapy but have difficulties accessing Outpatient Occupational Therapy services out of home. Home-based Occupational Therapy aims to improve clients’ performance in their activities of daily living (ADLs) within their home environment and in the community. Some common areas of intervention are as listed but not limited to the following:

Occupational Therapy for Neurological Rehabilitation

The service aims to provide clients with neurological-based interventions to enhance neural recovery and/or neuroplasticity for clients with stroke.

For neuro-degenerative conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), Occupational Therapy in NTUC health aims to empower clients with neuro-degenerative conditions to continue live independently within their home environment and subsequently in the community.

In Occupational Therapy for clients with dementia, clients and their families are supported to cope with the progression of the disease (e.g. behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia). Ongoing education may also be provided for families to be able to better understand and manage the progression of the disease in their loved ones.

Occupational Therapy for Geriatrics Rehabilitation

This service aims to empower and enable seniors to age-in-place gracefully. Home-based Occupational Therapy focuses on improving the seniors’ performance and competencies in their activities of daily living within their home environment and in the community.  It involves addressing their limitations in performance as a result of the conditions that they are suffering from.

Occupational Therapy for Community Re-integration

This service aims to re-integrate a person back to the community and enable them to stay active in their respective roles within the community. Community outings may be performed as part of the intervention to train a person to perform day-to-day tasks on their own (e.g. grocery management); enabling them to regain their ability to do the things that they used to do.

Occupational Therapy Training for Caregivers

This service aims to provide education and training for family members and caregivers in assisting their loved ones with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). The training may involve transfer training, facilitating seniors in their activities within the home environment or community, and other areas that the family may need to know about in the course of caring for their loved ones.

Occupational Therapy for Home Modifications and Assistive Device Prescription

This service aims to allow improvements in the daily functioning of a person through the prescription of assistive device and/or advice on home environmental modifications. Modifications and/or prescription may include installing of grab bars, wheelchairs or other powered mobility devices as well as training on the use of such devices.For more Home Care services available for you or your loved ones in the comfort of your own home, find out more at NTUC Health Care@home

BEGIN YOUR RECOVERY

Not sure what therapy services you may need? Need an appointment? Please call us at 65904304/312 or drop us an email at alliedhealth@ntuchealth.sg

*Available from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding weekends and Public Holidays. To find out more about Rehabilitation and Wellness Services, please click here.