There’s encouraging news for those with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a debilitating condition that can result from smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s risk of developing a heart attack or stroke, and sometimes resulting in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy when recommended and supervised by a medical professional.
With limited treatment options, those suffering with PAD experience pain 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. Medications have proven ineffective in reducing pain, and although stent or bypass procedures can help, they’re costly and come with their own associated risks. The most recent research is showing that treadmill therapy can be just as effective, at a significantly reduced cost, and with Medicare on board to cover that cost, thousands of rehab centers are preparing for a wave of patients ready to give it a try.
The hope is that other insurance providers will soon follow suit and offer coverage for treadmill therapy, which is often the case when Medicare covers a treatment option. Currently, over 2,000 hospital-based rehabilitation centers are preparing their facilities to offer treadmill workouts to those whose physicians prescribe and oversee them.
Since those with PAD often limit physical activity as a result of leg pain, the benefits of supervised treadmill therapy go beyond reduced hospitalizations and cost savings to improving heart and lung health, lengthening the distance a person with PAD can walk without pain, and even potentially extending length and quality of life.
If your senior loved one is one of the 8 million Americans struggling with the challenges of PAD, or any other condition that makes living at home independently a challenge, contact North River Home Care. We can offer assistance in a number of ways, including:
- Providing transportation and accompaniment to therapy and other medical appointments
- Helping with tasks around the home, such as light housework and laundry
- Preparing healthy and appetizing meals
- Running errands such as picking up groceries and prescriptions
- Providing encouragement for seniors to participate in physician-approved exercise programs
- Offering friendly companionship – someone with whom to take walks, enjoy favorite hobbies and pastimes, and to become more actively engaged in the world around them
- And much more
Call us at (781) 659-1366 to learn more about our individualized in-home care for seniors and enhance quality of life for your loved one!