The hospital’s Inpatient Orthopedic Rehabilitation Service incorporates a special therapy program to to ease the transition home for patients who are about to be discharged. The initiative is entitled the Patient Discharge Group and it is run jointly by the service’s physical and occupational therapsits.
Patients on the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Serivce who come to HHH shortly after total joint replacement surgery, usually a knee or hip, typically have a short length of stay on the inpatient service. This therapy program was developed in response to our patients’ concerns that they don’t always feel prepared to go home when it is determined they are ready to be discharged.
Patients who are preparing to go home the following day participate in the Group. Therapists have each patient independently demonstrate all of the functional mobility skills needed to return home safely, including:
- walking independently with an assistive device
- transferring in and out of a car
- going up and down a full flight of stairs
- performing skills necessary to safely complete home and food management tasks.
A key component of this exercise is to ensure that the patient can complete these tasks while simultaneously following the post surgical precautions outlined by their surgeon.
The most important goal of the Group is to reassure patients that they are safely able to perform all of these activities. By reviewing everything and engaging the patient in demonstrating these key skills, patients earn the extra confidence they need to return home comfortably and confidently, reinforcing their feeling of preparedness for returning home.