Most patients who upon discharge require a greater level of assistance with their mobility than before their hospitalization can benefit from physical therapy. Patients admitted to BIDMC's general medicine units may be referred to physical therapy if they are having difficulty getting out of bed, walking, climbing stairs, losing their balance and/or are weak from prolonged bedrest. Physical therapists may perform home safety assessments in preparation for a patient's return to home. Physicians also refer patients for chest physical therapy who are unable to manage airway secretions independently or who complain of difficulty breathing with activity.