Telerehabilitation for Geriatrics

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2021 May;32(2):291-305. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2021.01.003. Epub 2021 Mar 6.


Advancements in medical science and technology, along with global increases in life expectancy, are changing the way health care services are delivered to the aging society. Telerehabilitation refers to rehabilitation services involving evaluation and treatment. It is an attractive option for older adults who may have multiple comorbidities. Limited access to in-person services and the concern about potential exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 during this pandemic accelerated the implementation of telerehabilitation. This article review the scope, need, and implementation of telehealth and telerehabilitation in the aging population from the perspective of clinicians, patients, and caregivers.

Keywords: Patient and caregiver centeredness; Quality of life; Social isolation; Telehealth.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Health Services for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Quality of Life
  • Telemedicine / methods*