I drove around town one day to observe if any PT clinics were open during the lunch hour. Surprise, surprise, most were closed. There has been a lot of focus on outpatient therapy and I often wonder why they would be closed during an obvious time for patients to receive services.
When I provided therapy in an outpatient setting I took my lunch later than everyone else because I was seeing a group of post-op knee patients during that time. And I had a waiting list of new patients to join the group. The theory behind being open is the building is costing the owner money whether it is full or empty and if the owner can have patients in the building almost all day, two things are accomplished. One, therapy services are being provided to the patients and, two, the building is being used appropriately, i.e., making money.
At one clinical site I was at for a rotation, they began therapy services at 7:00 in the morning and ended at 7:00 in the evening. Of course I chose to follow the PT who came in at 10 a.m. rather than the early riser but years later I realized they were providing a service to the customers and were open when the customer wanted to receive services. They were also open during the lunch hour for people who wanted to work out on the equipment, and had an ATC available for individual training sessions.
I also wonder why most outpatient buildings are closed during the weekend. Certainly physical therapy services could be beneficial for patients seven days a week. Maybe not enough business? I am not really sure; maybe it depends on the location of the facility and staffing available. I do know several patients I have treated in the past have made comments they would love to come on the weekend when it was not so busy.
Perhaps like a weekend retreat; yet full of therapeutic exercises, hot packs, TENS and of course a complimentary foot massage just for coming in.