There is good information for all those with peripheral vascular disease, a debilitating condition that can occur from cigarette smoking or diabetes and can increase a person’s danger of having a heart attack or stroke, and sometimes resulting in limb amputation. Medicare will now cover the cost of treadmill therapy after being recommended and monitored by a medical professional.
With few treatment solutions, persons battling with peripheral vascular disease experience discomfort 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 unsuccessful in limiting pain, and even though stent or bypass procedures can help, they’re pricey and come with their own related risks. The most recent research is showing that treadmill therapy can be equally effective, at a dramatically reduced cost, and with Medicare on board to pay for that cost, thousands of rehab centers are planning for a wave of people willing to try it out.
The hope is that various other insurance companies will soon follow suit and provide coverage for treadmill therapy, which is usually the case once Medicare covers a treatment option. Currently, over 2,000 hospital-based therapy facilities are preparing to provide treadmill workouts to people whose health professionals prescribe and oversee them.
Because people that have peripheral vascular disease usually limit exercise as a consequence of leg pain, the benefits of supervised treadmill therapy go beyond decreased hospitalizations and financial savings to strengthening cardiovascular and lung health, extending the distance a person with peripheral vascular disease can walk with no soreness, and also potentially extending length and quality of life.
If your senior loved one is among the 8 million Americans suffering the difficulties of peripheral vascular disease, or any other condition that makes living in the home independently challenging, contact Heaven at Home Senior Care. We can provide support in a myriad of ways, including:
- Supplying transportation and accompaniment to treatment as well as other medical related appointments
- Assisting with tasks at home, such as light housework and laundry
- Preparing nutritious and delicious meals
- Running errands such as purchasing groceries and prescription medications
- Providing encouragement for senior citizens to participate in physician-approved exercise programs
- Offering warm and friendly companionship – somebody with whom to take walks, delight in favorite hobbies and pastimes, and become more earnestly involved in the world around them
- And much more