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Faster Joint Replacement Recovery — Setting Yourself Up for Success

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jul 21, 2016 4:00:02 PM

Having a successful joint replacement surgery goes way beyond the operating room. Prepare your home and care team for long-term recovery, faster.There’s no way around it: recovering from joint replacement surgery is hard work. At least as much as other procedures, the speed and success of your recovery can depend on the effort you put in and the tools and experts you draw on for support.

One major way to give yourself the fastest possible joint replacement recovery is to go into your surgery well-prepared. Read on for our tips on preparing your home and your care team for the road to recovery, and how home health care can keep you on that fast track toward restored function.

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Topics: Joint Replacement, Fall Prevention

Health News Round-Up: An ‘Ounce of Preemption’ Before Treatment

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Aug 18, 2015 4:48:21 PM

Preparing for Surgery or Treatment with ‘Prehab’

Recent health news from across the Web: prehab training before aggressive treatment, side effect dangers, music’s pain-fighting properties, and more.Patients who undergo surgeries, or other aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, are often guided in rehabilitation exercises afterward to build back lost strength and endurance. However, some specialists have begun to explore the potential of rehab-style exercise done in anticipation of such procedures. They reason that this so-called prehab allows patients to enter treatment at a better level of fitness that will help them endure procedures better and recover faster.

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Topics: Dementia, Joint Replacement, Palliative Care, Diabetes, Health News, Nutrition, Medication Management, Heart Disease, Cancer, Fitness, Bereavement

Patient Advocacy in Action: Clinical Support with Lifesaving Results

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Feb 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Residential in the Real World

Residential nurse and case manager Ladd provided advice and advocacy that led to a remarkable discovery and saved one patient’s life.Disease, surgery, and recovery can come with high stakes and uncertainty, sometimes more than can be appreciated in the fast-moving, high-volume world of health care. A patient’s question may be channeled to a physician and the response passed back, but in this chain of communication, sometimes the answer arrives but the associated fears or concerns remain. Merely attending to a symptom may be all that’s needed to get the job done, but a more personal and nuanced approach can help identify the best course of action for an individual patient.

One Residential Home Health nurse was able to exemplify the power of addressing not only a symptom, but the concern behind it. Ladd is a case manager who always wants his patients to lean on him as an available resource. Read on to learn how his supportive advice and advocacy helped one patient decide to take action, and the remarkable and lifesaving outcome that no one could have foreseen.

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Topics: Joint Replacement, Real World Stories

Education and Support Help to Restore Confidence and Independence

Posted by Dreu Adams on Sep 20, 2014 9:10:00 AM



Does this sound familiar? As a devoted daughter, primary caregiver for your parents, working woman, mother, wife… you may wear many hats in life. While you often feel that there are never enough hours in the day, you somehow manage to find the energy to accomplish most everything on your daily “to do” list. When a sudden, unexpected storm appears - like a new medical need for one of your parents - it seems almost impossible to continue to manage each integral component of your life effectively. You know it’s time to find some support and are considering all your options. Is home care for you?

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Topics: Joint Replacement, Caregiving, Real World Stories

Life after Joint Replacement and In-Home Therapy

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

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.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Joint Replacement