Education: Group or Home Visits
Education can make an important contribution
to outcomes, especially as it relates to patient compliance
and satisfaction. By providing information and achievable
expectations, the stage is set for compliance and satisfaction.
Group education for patients and family members can be provided
prior to surgery by an Interim HealthCare Physical Therapist,
Occupational Therapist or Registered Nurse. These small group
sessions provide patient and family members information about
the joint replacement: what they can expect during surgery
and the first days in the hospital as well as when they are
discharged home. We work with the physician to set achievable
expectations. All of the information is available in the Interim
HealthCare INTERPath for Joint Replacement, subject to modification
in consultation with the physician.
A pre-op home visit is ideal and can be conducted by the Physical
Therapist or Nurse. This may happen a week or two prior to
surgery, or sometimes within just a few days of the surgery.
At this time the PT conducts a detailed safety assessment
of the home, noting to the patient and family any changes
that would make the patient safer after discharge and during
recovery. The PT can also begin the recovery process by instructing
the patient in the use of a walker or crutches and introduce
the kinds of exercises they will undertake while they do not
have the distractions of post-surgery recovery.