After hospitalization for orthopedic surgery, your orthopedic doctor may order in-home rehabilitation therapy to help you regain your independence safely so you can once again perform day-to-day activities. Many people underestimate just how much help they will need after a surgery. You may go home thinking that your pain is slight and you will be able to resume your normal activities within just a day or so. Having a nurse, therapist, or aide in the home can help prevent taking on too much.
The information below should help you to understand what you can expect when receiving in-home therapy from the VNA.
Your doctor may order physical therapy to help you regain independence with mobility in and around your home. This therapy will focus on helping you gain your ability to safely balance and walk, decrease your pain, move in/out of the shower or tub, transfer on/off your chairs and get in/out of your car. Your therapist will use specialized exercise techniques, durable medical equipment such as a walker or cane, and other types of safety equipment to help you regain your mobility and motor skills so you can return to your daily and leisure activities.
Occupational therapy is utilized to help you during orthopedic services, regain independence and safety with your activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, homemaking, and meal preparation. Occupational therapists also use specialized exercise techniques, adaptive equipment, and minor home modifications to help you regain your strength and independence in managing your self-care needs and your home environment.
Recover Quickly with a Home Care Nurse
After a surgical procedure, our patients are able relax and allowed time to recover due to our home health staff. Our nurses and aides will remind the patient not to overtax his or her body, monitor surgical wounds, and administer medications. With the help of the home health staff, the patient will be able to focus on healing and recover from surgery more comfortably and quickly.