Pre joint replacement surgery: What you need to know
In preparation for your surgery, Holy Redeemer will schedule you for our comprehensive Joint class, which covers everything you need to know, including:
- pre-admission procedures
- pre-surgery exercises
- how to prepare your home
- what happens the day of surgery
- what to bring
- what happens after surgery:
- your hospital stay
- pain and other medications
- physical therapy/rehabilitation
- medical equipment
- home safety
- home care
- care management
Patients typically remain in the hospital for a few days after surgery, at which time – depending on progress - they move to either a short term rehabilitation facility, such as Holy Redeemer’s Short-Stay Rehab Program and/or directly home with Holy Redeemer HomeCare services. The decision of where to go is determined collectively with the care team, including the surgeon, physical/occupational therapists, nurse manager and case manager.
Care after surgery...from hospital to rehab to home
Holy Redeemer’s Short-Stay Rehab Program (Short-Stay) is a place where you go when you are well enough to leave the hospital after your surgery, but not quite ready to live independently at home. Short-stay rehabilitation offers a transition between hospital and home that emphasizes care and therapy in a comfortable, home-like setting.
During short-stay rehabilitation, therapists and/or nurses provide medical care and physical, occupational and/or speech therapy that cannot be fully addressed at home by aides or caregivers. The emphasis is on intensive rehabilitation and medical care with one goal in mind—to get you back to life.
Our experienced and compassionate team is made up of professionals from six disciplines including: physical, occupational and speech therapists; social services; and nursing and home health aides. Depending on your needs and the recommendations of your physician, any or all members of the team may be required. Whatever the situation, they all work together toward one common goal—to provide you with the skills and resources to take care of yourself at home.
More Than Rehabilitation
In addition to rehabilitation therapy, Holy Redeemer has programs and activities in place to keep your mind and body motivated and sharp during your stay. Group rehabilitation programs foster camaraderie, and it’s not uncommon for patients to encourage and root each other on. Activities may include planned group dining to increase socialization, as well as games, themed events and other social gatherings. Patients also have wireless Internet access.
Getting Back Home
As a short-stay rehabilitation patient, you may utilize HomeCare services to further your recuperation with the help of nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; social workers and home health aides. We will help you put a HomeCare plan in place, if needed. To make the transition easier, you and your family will meet with our therapists before discharge and receive training on how to continue your progress at home. In addition, a discharge report will be sent to your physician.
Going Home: Holy Redeemer Rehabilitation—provided by Holy Redeemer HomeCare
Everyone knows the best place to recover is in a place that is most familiar. Enter Holy Redeemer Rehabilitation, in-home services for patients recovering from joint replacement surgery.
Our experienced and compassionate team is made up of professionals from six disciplines including: physical, occupational and speech therapists; social services; and nursing and home health aides. Depending on your needs and the recommendations of your physician, any or all members of the team may be required. Whatever the situation, they all work together to provide you with the skills and resources needed to take care of yourself at home.
Holy Redeemer provides coverage in three counties in Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey. Weekend rehabilitative services are also available. After all, life doesn’t stop on the weekends—and you want to get back to life quickly with the least amount of interruption.
To find a Holy Redeemer orthopedic specialist, call 1-800-818-4747 or click here.