Orthopedic injuries occur when there is damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. These injuries take time to heal, and many people benefit from rehabilitation during this healing process. While oftentimes patients are admitted to assisted living facilities temporarily during their rehabilitation, they may not realize that in-home orthopedic rehab is an option; one that provides greater comfort, and in many cases, faster healing. Nightingale Homecare’s Carefree home health care experts include therapists skilled in orthopedic rehab, and offer the following information to help you determine if these services are right for you.
Who needs orthopedic rehab?
- Anyone who has experienced the following diagnoses/procedures can benefit from orthopedic rehab at home:
- Joint replacements
- Arthritis and osteoporosis
- Surgeries of the spine or brain
- Sports injuries
Why is orthopedic rehab important?
- Orthopedic rehab, particularly when provided at home, leads to:
- Faster and better healing
- Reduced pain and swelling
- Increased strength and range of motion
- Improved circulation
- Less chance of complications such as blood clots
The goal of orthopedic rehab is to restore the person to normal functioning as quickly as possible, and to prevent further injury. Often, some of the effects of a surgical procedure or traumatic injury remain hidden until years later. Orthopedic rehab provided during recovery can help ensure that the highest level of functioning possible is achieved and maintained.
Additionally, the psychological benefits can be tremendous. Being able to see measurable progress in recovery gives a positive boost to the patient’s mood, and working with a professional therapist, such as those at Nightingale Homecare, allows the opportunity to ask questions throughout the healing process, alleviating anxiety – especially when provided where it’s most comfortable: at home.
What can I expect from orthopedic rehab services?
The Carefree home health therapists at Nightingale Homecare work through the following process for orthopedic rehab services at home:
- A care plan is developed in coordination with the patient’s physician/surgeon, addressing needs and progress measurement.
- An evaluation is conducted, to include pain management, medical equipment and other safety needs.
- A personalized exercise program is developed to increase strength, restore movement, and help the patient resume normal activities as quickly as possible.
- Manual therapy, such as massage, mobilization of soft tissue and joints, stretching and bending, is incorporated as needed.
To learn more about our in-home orthopedic rehab services, or any of our other customized services for at home care in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas, contact Nightingale Homecare at (602) 504-1555. We’re pleased to offer a free in-home consultation to learn more about the challenges you’re facing, and to provide the in-home care solutions to help improve your quality of life.
Whether the need is for just a little companionship and assistance with household chores, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, or any of a wide variety of other services, we’re here for you, with as much, or as little, care as needed. We’ve been serving seniors with high quality compassionate care throughout Maricopa County since 1994 and look forward to the opportunity to serve you!
In our last blog post, we shared details on what to expect before and during hip replacement surgery. But what happens next? Many seniors, while eager to get back home and to a regular routine, are also nervous about the recovery process. Will she be able to manage the everyday tasks of living? What if she falls again?
Nightingale Homecare wants to reassure you that recovery at home is not only possible, but preferred by the majority of seniors. Professional home care services can make the journey to recovery smoother and safer. Here’s how.
Recovery at Home
The senior will work very closely with a physical and occupational therapist for several weeks following discharge to home, and a full recovery can take anywhere from six to twelve months. The success of the senior’s recovery depends upon her overall health and how closely she adheres to the rehabilitation plan. With Nightingale Homecare, therapists work with the senior right in the comfort of home, eliminating the need to figure out transportation issues, and allowing her to focus fully and safely on the recovery process.
Home Planning Checklist
Consider the following items to maximize safety and comfort during recovery:
- A stable shower bench or chair for bathing
- A long-handled sponge and shower hose
- Safety bars or handrails in the tub/shower
- Handrails along all stairways
- A straight, foam-backed chair with arms and a firm seat cushion that allows the knees to remain lower than the hips
- A raised toilet seat
- A dressing stick, sock aid, and long-handled shoe horn
- A grabber to reach items without excessive bending of the hips
- Firm pillows for chairs, sofas and cars to keep knees lower than the hips
- Removal of loose carpets and electrical cords in walking areas of the home
Our Phoenix in-home care staff can perform an assessment of the home to make sure that these and other safety measures are in place.
Exercise is a really important component to recovery at home. The senior will continue to work on her assigned exercises with and without the physical therapist, which will improve strength and restore movement. She will be able to resume some light activities within about three weeks following surgery, and will be instructed to gradually increase walking using a walker or a cane to start, and also gradually increase home activities. A bath aide for several days or weeks to assist with bathing and dressing is also recommended.
It’s normal to have some loss of appetite following surgery. Remind the senior to eat a balanced diet including adequate protein and iron to help promote muscle and tissue healing and strength. Increased fluids and fiber are also critical for normal bowel movements, which can be affected by decreased activity, pain and use of pain medications.
Home care can be a critical component to the success of your senior loved one’s hip replacement surgery. Choose the home care agency that has been the choice of the Valley’s top orthopedic surgeons for over twenty years. Nightingale Homecare understands that home is a place of comfort and healing and that most of the recovery from an orthopedic surgery, illness or injury happens at home. Through our orthopedic rehabilitation program, highly trained physical therapists and occupational therapists provide hands-on therapy in the comfort of the senior’s own home. Contact us to learn more at 602-504-1555.
Ask nearly any older adult and you’re likely to hear a story or two about his or her experiences with physical therapy. Touted as the go-to recovery means for a plethora of issues – from acute conditions such as falls and urinary tract infections, to chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, physical therapy has been shown to improve or restore strength, endurance, flexibility, coordination, and range of motion. Physical therapy also helps patients relearn how to perform everyday activities and tasks.
For seniors who are suffering from chronic conditions or recovering from illness or injury, physical therapy offers a multitude of benefits, including:
- Physical therapy helps without medication. Unlike medicinal treatments, which can both help and harm in tandem if unwanted side effects come into play, physical therapy can provide an effective, drug-free option for pain relief, healing and improved quality of life.
- Physical therapy can keep conditions from worsening. Case in point: Parkinson’s patients who receive physical therapy treatment before reaching stage 4 of the disease are being shown to “almost always…prevent the severe symptoms of stage 4,” according to Tim Kauffman, PT, PhD, professor of physical therapy at Drexel University.
- Physical therapy utilizes memory triggers in dementia patients. For those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, physical therapy helps maximize functional ability, reduce risk of falls, and even engage memories. It’s shown to be especially effective when the therapy incorporates favorite activities and hobbies from the patient’s past, such as gardening or dancing.
Conversely, those who do not follow a prescribed regimen of physical therapy are at increased risk for:
- Ulcers and other skin issues
- Lowered endurance and strength
- Stiffness and pain
At Nightingale Homecare, we understand the numerous benefits to be gained from physical therapy, which is why we offer a specialized orthopedic rehabilitation program to seniors – right in the comfort of home!
Our professional physical and occupational therapists begin with a thorough needs assessment, performed in conjunction with the patient’s physician, and an evaluation of the patient’s home to determine appropriate safety and equipment needs.
We then create and implement an individualized exercise program, incorporating pain management and anticoagulation therapy as needed. We also utilize manual therapy, in which the therapist helps with stretching, bending, massage, joint and soft tissue mobilization, and more.
When combined with our expert Arizona senior care services, our therapeutic care helps seniors recover more quickly and more safely at home. Call us at 602-504-1555 if you’d like to learn more about how we can help your senior loved one realize the benefits of in-home physical therapy.