One of the most important things about healthcare is accessibility.
It’s not enough to be good at what we do – how does that help you if appointments are too difficult to get?
That’s why, here at New Horizons Wellness Services, we offer virtual mental & physical health treatments.
If you have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to make the time to come in for an appointment.
But with virtual appointments, your better health is easier to access than ever through New Horizons Wellness Services.
What Is A Virtual Mental & Physical Health Treatment?
A virtual mental & physical health treatment is a treatment you access from a distance.
Because many of the treatments offered here at New Horizons Wellness Services don’t need to be hands-on, they can be offered virtually. This means you can get access to the treatments you need without even having to leave your home.
Are Virtual Treatments Effective?
Research shows that in most cases, virtual mental & physical health treatments are just as effective as in-person appointments. You’re still accessing the same therapists, and getting the same treatments. The only thing that changes is how you’re accessing that care – the quality remains the same.
Depending on your individual needs, however, you may benefit from a combination of in person and virtual appointments. Your therapist will help you understand the best option for you.
Will My Insurance Cover Virtual Treatments?
In most cases, yes. Because virtual therapy treatments are becoming more popular, insurance companies have begun to adjust their policies. Often, your insurance coverage will depend only on the type of healthcare provider you’re seeing and the services provided, not whether it’s a virtual or in person appointment.
So long as your health insurance covers the type of treatment you’re accessing, it will likely cover virtual treatments as well. Be sure to consult your individual plan, however, to confirm.
What Services Can You Offer Through Virtual Treatments?
Broadly speaking, we offer any treatments that don’t require you to be physically present.
This means traditional counseling, and most speech therapy and occupational therapy treatments can be done virtually.
In some cases, you might need to be available in person for evaluation and treatment, but these are uncommon. Your therapist will work with you to understand your needs and how to best address them.
Do I Need To Meet My Therapist In Person First?
If you’re coming for counseling, it’s important to do the initial intake in person. However, for occupational therapy and speech therapy, everything can be done virtually.
If you or your child is nervous about treatment, it can sometimes help to meet your therapist in person to ease fears. But in most cases, the choice is yours.
What Are The Benefits Of Virtual Treatments?
There are a number of different benefits to virtual treatments that can make it an ideal option for many. Read on to find out more.
1. It’s More Flexible
Let’s face it – life is hectic and stressful. We all live busy lives, and it can sometimes be difficult to make the time for a therapy session. Not only that, but you have to put aside the time it takes to get to the New Horizons Wellness Services clinic, and then to get back to work or home after – that’s a big chunk of time.
With virtual therapy treatments, however, it cuts down on that time. Rather than having to come to our location, we’ll come to you – virtually, that is. This means you only need to put aside enough time for your actual treatment session. No need to find a babysitter for the kids, deal with the day’s crummy weather, or fight through traffic. Less stress, less driving, more focus on your wellness.
2. It Can Feel More Comfortable
We all feel safest at home. But for some folks, home is the only place they feel safe. This is especially true for those who struggle with severe anxiety, or autistic folks who have difficulty with changes in routine.
As well, those recovering from a stroke or other injury may benefit greatly from both speech therapy and occupational therapy, but their injuries may make it difficult to reach our clinic.
All of these cases present barriers to treatment. However, virtual treatments can help you overcome these barriers.
3. It Helps Reduce The Spread Of Illnesses
At the time of this writing, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and social distancing is more important than it has ever been. While there are certain healthcare practitioners – dentists, for example – you need to see in person, limiting your exposure to others is important.
We hope that by the time you read this, the crisis is over and we’ve all gotten back to our lives. But we’ll always have illnesses, and if you have a compromised immune system or you’re ill yourself, this can present a barrier to traditional treatment.
Virtual treatments can help you avoid these issues, though, keeping you and those around you healthy while still giving you the same quality of treatment.
Book An Appointment With New Horizons Wellness Services
If you’re interested in virtual physical & mental health treatments, book an appointment with New Horizons Wellness Services today.