In-home physical therapy is convenient, removes transportation concerns, gives greater privacy, takes less of the patient's time and is often more personalized. It also allows the therapist to assess how the patient is functioning in his everyday environment. Because of these factors, patients often progress faster.
Many patients respond better to physical therapy when in the comfort and emotionally safe environment of their own home, and the home environment usually has fewer distractions for both patient and therapist than does a treatment center. The main drawback to in-house treatment is higher cost, which insurance may refuse to cover unless a patient's doctor can convince the insurer that in-house treatment provides a more cost-effective option for the patient.