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Life after Joint Replacement and In-Home Therapy

Posted by Dreu Adams on Jan 13, 2014 8:27:00 AM

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The Option of In-Home Therapy

joint-replacement-in-home-therapyAlthough some people have a joint replaced because of an accident, most individuals who have joint replacement surgery have suffered pain and stiffness for a long time. Having joint replacement surgery can end the pain and discomfort a traumatized or unhealthy joint may cause.

In truth, replacing the joint is only the beginning of recovery. Joint replacement can potentially require a patient undergo months of physical therapy and exercise to make sure the joint continues to work correctly and can withstand the activities of daily living. Some joint replacements, such as a knee or ankle, may even require that a physical therapist teach you how to walk using crutches or another assistive device or technology.

There are many advantages to having the therapy provided in the comfort of your own home.

Benefits of In-Home Therapy

  1. Personal Focused Attention:
    Being one-on-one with your physical therapist reduces the disruption that naturally occurs in the physical therapist’s office.

  2. Therapy Tailored to Your Environment:
    A physical therapist can evaluate your needs in your true environment and incorporate exercise and goals that are true to you.

  3. Convenience:
    Since the visit is in your home, you do not miss appointments. This also eliminates the hassle of arranging rides or public transportation to therapy. Additionally, inclement weather will not prevent you from receiving therapy.

  4. Caregiver Support:
    Your family or caregiver can be present to support you during the session and better understand your regimen.

  5. Safety:
    You gain some efficiency with no travel time required, and definitely reduce the opportunity of injury in transitions from your vehicle to the office.

How to get In-Home Physical Therapy

The first thing you need is an order from your surgeon for physical therapy at home. Your physician may recommend a home health care agency or you can research them in your insurance company provider directory. It is important that you make sure the home health agency you choose accepts your insurance. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you’ll definitely need to ensure the home health agency is Medicare-certified.

In some cases your doctor may only order your therapy for two weeks or a month. Your doctor will want to evaluate your progress in the event that you will need more therapy. Following each therapy session, your therapist will document your progress in your Home Health Chart, which is shared with your physician.

How In-Home Physical Therapy Works

Before your surgery takes place, a Care Coordinator should contact you. The coordinator can answer your questions concerning your specific plan of care for you at home. Within one day of your discharge, a home health clinician will visit you at home, assess your needs, and schedule your physical therapy appointments.

Physical therapists who work in your home may bring lightweight equipment and require access to electrical outlet. Even if your living space is small, home therapists are inventive and can make whatever space you have work. Should you be unhappy with your therapist for any reason, the home health agency you are working with can intervene and, if necessary, send a different physical therapist.

While therapy sessions are important, following the routine your therapist has worked out for you is vital to a quick return to your normal activities.

Having the therapy sessions at home helps, as your family can be present at the end of the session, become aware of your follow-up exercises, and help you remember to do them. Continuing to progress between therapy visits by staying dedicated to your regimen during recovery is the most important aspect of physical therapy and the more clues and cues you have to do your exercises the better.

If you have any questions or problems during your recovery, never hesitate to talk to your physician or, if enrolled in our care, a Residential Home Health nurse or therapist. We are dedicated to providing you with better care; the care necessary to ensure you have the most rapid recovery possible and return to spending time doing the things you love.

Full of practical information to help ensure your surgery is a complete success, the Joint Replacement Home Therapy Guide helps you prepare for your surgery, your homecoming and your recovery. 

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Topics: Home Health Care, Joint Replacement