No you do not need a referral or a prescription to work with us. Massachusetts law allows unrestricted direct access to Physical Therapists. If we feel we need to communicate with your Physician on your behalf, we will happily do so.
Homebodies does NOT bill insurance and is considered an out-of-network provider. Clients pay at the time of service. This allows HomeBodies to practice without restrictions and to set a frequency/duration of treatment that works best for YOU and not your insurance company.
We CAN work with Medicare-enrolled clients for services that Medicare will NOT pay for - examples include: wellness; general strength/conditioning; continuing your Home Exercise Program from a recently completed course of Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy services when you have exhausted your benefits and/or are no longer making progress; or if you simply wish to work with us and choose of your own free will to opt-out of your Medicare coverage. Call us to discuss your situation and we will happily discuss whether we can work with you or refer you to a local clinic that is more appropriate for your needs.
We will ask you some questions over the phone about you and your family members including recent illness, travel, and any symptoms you may be experiencing prior to coming to your home or office. We will take your temperature and show your ours at the door prior to entering. We ask that you restrain any pets you may have to another area of the home (separate from where we are working). We will be wearing masks, gloves, and shoe-covers and ask that you wear a mask as well. We will sanitize our foldable massage table and any other tools/equipment we intend to bring in to your home. We will also bring a "barrier" for us to sit on/place objects on when in your home to decrease cross-contamination. We do all of this to protect ourselves and all of our clients to be able to safely continue to provide top-quality care during this difficult time.
Generally, sessions will be as long as one hour. The first appointment will be longer (maybe 75-90 minutes) as we will need more time to discuss your goals, limitations, and test you to design a tailored, targeted program to attain your goals. If you wish for your follow-up session to be longer than one hour, an extra charge will apply.
As described above, the first session is critical to identify your desired outcomes from working with us. To do this, we will review your medical/physical history, discuss limitations to your goals, test strength, balance, ROM, flexibility, balance etc, begin treatment and reach an agreement on a plan to attain your goals.