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Joint Replacement Care
Joint replacement surgery is a routine operation for people with damaged or diseased joints. Most often, it’s performed on the weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. Although joint replacement surgery can be an effective way to improve quality of life and restore mobility, the recovery period can be long and challenging. The compassionate caregivers of Placita In Home Care are always available to lend a helping hand to individuals in Pima County who are recovering from major surgeries.
Transportation to Medical Appointments
Joint replacement patients need to return to the hospital for follow-up visits after their surgery. The doctor needs to ensure that the surgical site is healing well and the recovery is on schedule. Patients will also need to visit a physical therapy office, possibly multiple times per week. Physical therapy is an essential component of the recovery process, as patients need to:
- Learn how to use the artificial joint
- Build strength in the affected area
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
It can be difficult for family members to transport their loved one to each appointment, but the professional caregivers at Placita In Home Care are here to help. We carefully screen each of our caregivers, and ensure that they have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. We also complete DMV record checks because safety is our top priority.
Mobilization and Ambulation
Joint replacement patients are encouraged to begin moving soon after the surgery. Physical movement supports the healing process and reduces the risk of certain complications, such as blood clots. Generally, hospitals wait to release joint replacement patients until they are able to get in and out of bed by themselves, and able to walk with an assistive device. However, patients may still need assistance to move around their homes after being released. For safety’s sake, it’s often helpful to have a caregiver nearby as the patient practices walking and navigating stairs with crutches or a walker. The caregivers at Placita In Home Care can give patients peace of mind knowing that someone is just a few steps away if help is needed.
Assistance in the Home
The recovery process after joint replacement surgery comes with several restrictions on physical movements. Hip replacement patients, for example, are told not to bend forward at the waist. These restrictions can prevent patients from doing everyday activities around the home, but our professional caregivers can help. We can provide light housekeeping and meal preparation, taking into consideration any dietary requirements or restrictions. With our post-surgery respite care services, all the patient needs to do is focus on his or her recovery.