In elderly people, a fall can have devastating effects. Muscle weakness and compromised balance can lead to a fall that can break bones. In postmenopausal women, especially those with osteoporosis, a fall can mean a broken hip. It is quite common for the patient to have inpatient rehabilitation for a time after the surgery to repair or replace the hip joint. When they come home there will be an adjustment or healing period when things will have to be changed and arranged to make mobility and daily life as easy as possible for them.
All About Home Care has a professional staff trained to help people adjust to being home after an injury, as well as help recovering from their injury in the comfort of their own homes. There are several services that might be needed before and after their homecoming.
An occupational therapist can visit the home before the patient returns to make sure that things are set up for them. They can check that there is room for them to maneuver through the house with crutches or a walker, that they can access the bathroom, and they will likely make recommendations for initial mobility and hygiene. The occupational therapist will return and help the patient learn to do daily tasks while they are recovering. They will help them learn to do simplest tasks, like bathe, with their new limitations.
In Home Physical Therapy
Regardless of the type of surgery used to treat a broken hip, there will be physical therapy to follow up with for months afterward. Our physical therapists will come to the home and conduct physical therapy on a regular basis to help the patient recover quickly and with the least amount of stress.
Home Health Aides
Caring for a patient after hip surgery can be difficult if they also have other medical issues, as many elderly people do. A Home Health Aide can help ease the burden on the family caregivers. They can help with dressing, feeding, and toileting the patient until they can manage again on their own. They can also monitor vital signs and keep an eye on other aspects of the home life to make sure everything is safe for them. If it is not they can arrange for an occupational therapist to visit the home. Some situations also require a medical social service worker to visit the home to make recommendations. Read more about this service in our next blog.
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