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  • Meet Physical Therapist Kari Haberman

    March 29, 2017 | Blog
  • Did you know many therapies can be provided at home, including physical therapy? Paradigm Living Concepts physical therapist Kari Haberman talks how home based physical therapy allows individuals to develop independence with daily activities in a convenient and comfortable setting. Plus families are also able to be closely involved in the rehabilitation process.

    The core objective of physical therapy is to optimize the quality of life for all patients as they journey through the continuum of care, including recover from surgery (such as hip or knee replacement) or a hospital stay due to an illness (such as a stroke or heart attack).

    Benefits of Home Based Physical Therapy

    Physical therapists also can work with individuals to prevent loss of mobility due to natural aging by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. The unique benefit of home health physical therapy is that we can provide the most personalized approach so that the patient may achieve goals important to them. This could be getting back to a more active lifestyle, going to church with family, attending facility activities, return to volunteering, etc.

    Home Health Care Physical Therapy Can Help With:

    • Fall Prevention through:
      • Safe use of assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices
      • Balance exercises
      • Strength exercises
      • Education for patients, family and staff
    • Decrease joint and muscular pain through:
      • Home exercise programs
      • Body mechanics
      • Manual therapy
      • Improve activity tolerance for ambulation
      • Increased strength
      • Improved balance
      • Decreased gait deviations

    Learn More About Physical Therapist Kari Haberman

    Kari is a central Indiana native from Greenfield, Ind. She attended the University of Evansville for her undergraduate degree in Movement Science and then for graduate school. She graduated in 2010 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

    Kari has worked in a number of different settings including acute care hospitals, surgical ICU, major trauma center, pediatrics, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health. Her favorite patient population is definitely geriatrics, and she most prefers to see them in the home health setting. She enjoys being able to provide a unique and personalized approach to their recovery. Additionally, she believes the elderly are such a wonderful source of life lessons and appreciates being able to touch their lives through physical therapy and a return to function.

    We are thrilled to now have Kari as a Paradigm team member! We love watching her bring a a smile to our clients with her compassion and encouragement as they hit goals and milestones. When Kari is not working, she enjoys spending time with my family. She and her husband have known each other since high school and were married in June 2013. They have wonderful memories of their time as a military family, while he spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps, but are happy to be back home in central Indiana. Their greatest joy together has been the addition of their daughter, Paige, who was born in November 2016. They are blessed to have all their family close by and enjoy spending time with them as much as possible.

    When asked her very favorite thing about her career with Paradigm, Kari noted that her favorite thing is the patient focused culture. “What is best for the patient?” is always a question that is asked, and the most important overall outcome. She adds, it’s a refreshing take on healthcare workplace culture.

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