Having joint replacement surgery? What to expect from home health care during your recovery

Nearly one million Americans undergo hip or knee replacement surgeries, with the majority of these procedures being performed on patients over the age of 65.  As people live longer due to advancements in medicine and technology, greater wear and tear has increased the number of joint replacements performed. Recovery is vital to resuming your previous independence, while staying out of the hospital and minimizing the need for follow-up procedures. Although recovery can be a long process, home health has all the tools to put you on the most efficient path for heading back towards your capable self.

Patients are most commonly discharged from the hospital within 3 days after surgery, once they are able to stabilize themselves with a walking aid.  Once discharged, they are considered to be in short-term recovery.  At home, patients will work to return to small household tasks without a walker or pain, and tasks will progress in difficulty as recovery progresses.  The short-term recovery stage last roughly 4 to 6 weeks for most patients.  Long-term recovery comes next; the ultimate goal is a return to full independence. In all, the recovery process can take as long as 6 months.

Although recovery can become frustrating and take longer than we may want it to, home health services provide unique opportunities and advantages. One-on-one attention is key to spending quality time on what’s most important for your health needs, and home health offers that focus without the distraction of an office or other patients.  Therapy in the home is tailored to your environment, reducing the risk of further injury in familiar surroundings. Not to mention you’ll never miss an appointment or face the strains of travel, because your therapist comes to you.

Celtic’s home health program directs you along the right path so that your recovery is as efficient as possible.  Thanks to a plan of care designed for your specific needs, your personal team can be by your side from the start.  Celtic’s trained professionals support you through 24/7 availability before and after your surgery, working to transition you smoothly back home post-discharge.

In the short term, the goal is to prevent repeat hospital visits. As prescribed by your physician, nurses work to make you most comfortable by tending to any medical concerns and proactively identifying potential risk factors. At the same time, therapists provide recommended support and show you safe exercises that improve mobility, strengthen limbs, and build confidence.  Care continues into the long term, keeping up with therapy to restore strength and with nursing to prevent any care risks that may arise.

In your road to recovery, Celtic’s expert home health services help lead you along the right path towards reaching your capable self.  Please contact us for more information at 1.888.923.5842 or at 1.800.358.8227 for our Illinois office.

Blog Post by Troy Abbott – Support Services Coordinator

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