Why our parents need physiotherapy following a prolonged hospital stay

Are you worried about your parents being discharged home following a prolonged hospital stay? After all it is a thought that runs through the minds of family members who are concerned about their loved ones. “How are they going to manage? They are not as independent as they used to be? I can’t be there all day with my mother…”


I regularly speak to family members who wonder how they’re parents are going to manage considering their physical ability has significantly declined following weeks to months in hospital. Research shows that 2% to 5% of muscle mass can be lost per day just by being in hospital (Source: St. Francis Xavier University), and for each day spent on bed rest, one can expect three to four days to overcome the effects of deconditioning!

Many people may believe that their parents are too old to spend time building muscles. This is not true. Evidence shows the positive effects of strength training for older people who have lost muscle mass in hospital. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also recommends rehabilitation after serious injury, illness or surgery.

Physiotherapists expertise lie in strength training and rehabilitation programs. They aim to improve mobility, functional day-to-day tasks and to give back independence. At Home Physio Group we aim to combat problems by setting goals from the initial assessment and working hard towards them. We have the skills and knowledge to help your loved one recondition!

Written by Hily Perpinyal, Chartered Physiotherapist

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you