Here’s some encouraging senior health news for individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition which can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke, and in some cases result in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy once recommended and supervised by a health care professional.
With limited treatment methods, people suffering with PAD encounter soreness and cramping in the legs described as “feeling as if their leg is in a vise,” according to University of Minnesota’s Diane Treat-Jacobson. Prescription drugs have proven inadequate in reducing pain, and although stent or bypass operations can help, they’re costly and come with their own related risks. The latest research is revealing that treadmill therapy can be equally effective, at a significantly lower cost, and with Medicare on board to cover that cost, several thousand rehab centers are getting ready for a wave of clients prepared to give it a shot.
The expectation is that some other insurers will shortly follow suit and provide coverage for treadmill therapy, which is usually the case once Medicare covers a treatment option. Presently, over 2,000 hospital-based therapy facilities are preparing to provide treadmill workouts to individuals whose medical practitioners prescribe and oversee them.
Since individuals with PAD usually limit regular exercise because of leg pain, the many benefits of supervised treadmill therapy go beyond reduced hospitalizations and financial savings to improving cardiovascular and lung health, extending the distance a person with PAD can walk with no soreness, and also possibly extending length and quality of life.
If your elderly loved one is among the 8 million Americans struggling with the challenges of PAD, or some other condition that makes living in the home independently difficult, contact Regency Home Care in Atlanta. GA. We can give assistance in numerous ways, including:
- Providing transport and accompaniment to treadmill treatment along with other medical-related appointments
- Helping with responsibilities at home, such as light housekeeping and washing clothes
- Preparing nutritious and tasty meals
- Running errands like purchasing groceries and prescription medications
- Providing encouragement for senior citizens to participate in physician-approved exercise programs
- Providing friendly companionship – someone with whom to take walks, enjoy favorite hobbies and pastimes, and to get more actively involved in the world around them
- And much more
Call us at 678.999.2446 to learn more about our customized in-home care services for seniors and boost quality of life for your loved one!