5 Totally Free Home Exercise Programs
To Use With Your Patients

How many times have you wished your job had pre-printed home exercise program handouts?

If you aren’t one of the lucky therapists that has easy to access HEP handouts, this list is for you!

There are overwhelming amounts of search results on Google, so I narrowed down my favorite FREE online home exercise program resources, perfect for sharing with your patients.

1. HEP2Go

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HEP2Go is probably the fan favorite of free online home exercise programs – and for good reason.

It has exercises for multiple disciplines, ranging from (of course) OT’s and COTA’s to PT’s/PTA’s, athletic trainers, chiropractors and orthopedic docs.

Not only does it have the basic exercises you would imagine – like upper body and core exercises – but also the functional stuff like tub transfer training and grab bar placement handouts.

HEP2Go is great for the cash-strapped fieldwork student that can’t purchase the OT Toolkit or MedBridge courses but still needs to be able to print out guides for patients.

There is also information about modalities, vestibular exercises, weightbearing, balance exercises, and more.

Having discovered it myself not too long ago, I really wish I had this during my fieldwork. It would’ve saved me a LOT of time combing through articles and texts for exercises and intervention ideas.

2. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 

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Wow! Major props to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (that’s a mouthful!) for creating an amazing topic page solely dedicated to free Occupational Therapy resources and handouts.

The resources on this topic page cover pretty much everything you could think of related to educating your patients.

With 144 total handouts just on the Occupational Therapy page, you’ll be sure to find whatever exercise you’re looking for.

As an example, there are seated wheelchair exercises, tendon glides, self range of motion exercises, tenodesis grip exercises, and so on.

This resource is also great for non-exercise related topics too, like one handed dressing, energy conservation, scar massage and positioning (just to name a few).

You’ll definitely want to bookmark this site for any future handouts you may need for your patients.

3. Pinterest

You may be thinking “Obviously Pinterest…that’s a no-brainer!”

Surprisingly, not every occupational therapist uses Pinterest so I felt the need to let our non-Pinterest-using OT friends know how great it is for finding home exercise programs as well as intervention ideas.

For those of you who aren’t using Pinterest, all you need to do is create a free account and simply start searching for “occupational therapy home exercise programs,” “Theraputty hand exercises,” “older adult home exercises,” and well you get the idea.

Basically whatever you’re in the mood to find, Pinterest most likely has pins that will take you to relevant websites with the articles you’re looking for.

4. The UK National Health Service 

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No matter what country you live in, the UK National Health Service (NHS) Health and Fitness page has many great free home exercise programs.

They have a specific program for older adults, titled “Exercises for Older People.” The program includes images and easy to follow instructions for flexibility, strength, balance, and sitting exercises.

The NHS also has many other informational pages discussing stretching, walking, and specific exercise programs for wheelchair-bound individuals with new or prior disabilities.

5. The Livestrong Foundation

The Livestrong Foundation also has quite a bit of free information on occupational therapy exercises for various conditions, including stroke and older age.

It doesn’t have as many images, detail or easy-to-print handouts, but does have helpful information on the site if your patients are tech-savvy.

The site can be a bit of a challenge to navigate compared to the other resources since it’s pretty “busy” with ads. But, if you’re good at digging there are some great articles to share with your patients.

A few articles that I’ve found related to OT are “Occupational Therapy Home Exercise Programs,” “Occupational Therapy Activity Ideas for CVA,” and “Activities to Improve Upper Body Strength in Occupational Therapy for Adults.”

There are definitely a lot more home exercise and healthy lifestyle articles on the Livestrong site than that, so have fun and poke around.

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And there you have my personal favorite free home exercise program resources. I hope you found some helpful nuggets that you can pass along to your patients while keeping your wallet happy.

If you have any other favorite free resources not on this list, I’d love to hear about them in the comments so I can continue to add to this list 🙂

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2 comments

  • Michelle Ajram May 19, 2018   Reply →

    I had used a site called Theraband Academy for resistance band and tubing exercises that I thought were very good. Have not been on and not sure if it is still free.

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L May 19, 2018   Reply →

      Thanks, Michelle! It looks like that site is still active and just requires a login to access the exercises. It appears to have a lot of different exercises and resources.

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