Most often, surgery is performed on the weight-bearing joints, such as the knees and hips. That’s because these joints are most essential to independence and mobility. Joint replacement surgery can be an effective way to improve quality of life and restore mobility. However, 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. We offer services on a temporary or ongoing basis. So, you can design the care schedule that’s right for your needs.
We proudly offer in-home care services in Tucson and the surrounding areas. We work with clients in Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Marana, Saddlebrook, and surrounding areas!
Transportation to Medical Appointments
Joint replacement patients often need to return to the hospital after their surgery. The doctor needs to ensure that the surgical site is healing well and the recovery is on schedule. Thus, you may have several follow-up appointments scheduled. Patients will also need to visit a physical therapist. These visits may take place 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
Often, patients in recovery cannot drive themselves to these appointments. Furthermore, it can be difficult for family members to transport their loved one to each appointment. That’s why the professional caregivers at Placita In Home Care are here to help. We carefully screen each of our caregivers. We also ensure that they have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. Furthermore, we complete DMV record checks because safety is our top priority.
Mobilization and Ambulation
Joint replacement patients should 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. Patients should also be able to walk with an assistive device, such as a walker or crutches. 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. Our caregivers can give patients peace of mind knowing that someone is just a few steps away if help is needed.
Assistance in the Home
There may be a lengthy recovery process following joint replacement surgery. Additionally, it 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. It may be difficult to complete simple cleaning and self-care tasks. Furthermore, the use of prescribed pain killers following surgery may cause additional difficulties in mobility and self-care.
Our professional staff 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. We are here to make life easier for patients and their families. Even more importantly, we offer care right in the comfort of your home.