1. How many exercises are appropriate for optimal adherence to a Home Exercise Program?
2. What are some Home Exercises for improving balance in elderly patients?
3. How can I make sure my patients are performing their home exercise program correctly at home without supervision?
4. How can I design an effective home exercise program for a patient with limited mobility?
5. What does a patient look like when they’re engaged in a Home Exercise Program?
- Consistency: They perform their exercises regularly as prescribed.
- Feedback: They actively communicate their experiences, reporting any pain, difficulties, or improvements they notice.
- Motivated: They demonstrate motivation to continue their exercises.
- Adaptability: They are willing to adjust their routines as needed. This could mean increasing the intensity of exercises, adding new exercises, or altering their schedule based on your professional advice.
6. What are the signs of a patient who isn’t engaged?
7. What should I do when a patient isn’t adhering to an exercise program?
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.