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Choosing To Live A Healthier Life

I have always been someone who really loves to get out there and enjoy time with other people, which is why I started becoming more and more involved in outdoor activities. Unfortunately, a few months ago I was left with a debilitating injury that I knew I had to resolve, and so I met with my medical care provider. He told me that I had been living with a stress fracture, and I knew that I had to have surgery to get it fixed. During my recovery, I decided to create a blog all about health and medical topics to help other people just like me. Check it out.


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What Can A Home Care Nurse Help With After Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement is a major surgery. Most patients spend at least a few days in the hospital recovering afterward, and then they may be sent to a rehab facility for another couple of weeks. After that, though, they are usually sent home — but they are not usually fully recovered and capable at this point. Having a home care nurse stop by every day can be a great way to ensure hip replacement patients get the care they need once they return home. Here are some of the tasks a home care nurse can help with.

Medication Management

When they return home, many hip replacement patients are still taking pain relievers, but they are at a point where they need to wean themselves off of those pain relievers. A nurse can help guide this transition, setting aside doses each day so the patient always takes the right amount. Since the medications prescribed for hip replacement pain relief are often opiates, which are addictive, having someone else manage their administration can be really beneficial.

Hygiene Assistance

It can be hard for someone who has just had a hip replacement to shower or bathe. They are not always comfortable allowing family members to help them with this, either. A home care nurse will have been trained to help a patient bathe in a way that is comfortable and discrete. This service can help prevent infections and hygiene problems as the patient continues to recover.

Physical Therapy

Someone who has had a hip replacement will need to work with a physical therapist to recover fully. Most of this work will happen during scheduled sessions with a physical therapist. But a patient may also be assigned exercises and movements to do between physical therapy sessions. A home care nurse can help with this, if needed, by supporting the patient, ensuring they do not push themselves too far, and communicating with the physical therapist about the patient's progress.

Wound Dressing

When they return home, most hip replacement patients still have some sort of bandage over their incision. A home care nurse can help replace this bandage and keep an eye on the incision as it heals, alerting the patient's doctor if there are any worrisome changes.

After a hip replacement, it is a good idea to have a home care nurse make daily visits, even if just for a week or two. Your surgeon should be able to recommend a home care nurse or a nursing agency.

Talk to a hospital that offers home care, such as Elkview General Hospital.