Are you planning or have you recently had orthopedic surgery? Did you know that you can choose to receive care and rehabilitation in the comfort of your own home? Our innovative home-based orthopedic program provides comprehensive, individualized care.
Surgery can significantly improve your quality of life, and planning rehabilitative services you need following surgery is just as important as the procedure itself. Research has shown that at-home recovery is often more cost-effective, with better results as compared to other rehabilitation settings.
“As far as a recommendation of home care to others, I think it’s a must. I think it’s the best way to proceed after the operation because you’re in your home environment. That to me is very important”
– Gary, Former Orthopedic Program Patient
In the familiarity of your own home, a team of therapists, nurses and home health aides will provide you with expert rehabilitation services to ease the transition back to a healthier, more independent life.
What Can I Expect From Home Care?
Within 24 hours of returning home, you can expect a call and a visit from your home health provider. Depending on the type of surgery and your surgeon’s preferences, you may receive visits from skilled nurses, a physical therapist and/or an occupational therapist. If you need assistance with personal care such as bathing, a home health aide can also be provided.
“I would tell someone who is considering having therapy in their home that it is a wonderful thing to have the nurse and the physical therapist come to your home, where everything is a familiar surrounding and you’re more comfortable.”
– Patricia, Former Orthopedic Program Patient
What If I Live Alone?
It is best to make arrangements with family members or friends who can stop by and spend some time with you each day. They can assist you with meal preparation, laundry and other daily activities that you will be unable to perform when you first return home. They can also help by running errands for you as it will be quite an effort for you to go out initially.
Before you leave the hospital, physical and occupational therapists will assess your functional level, ask questions about your home environment and support and make recommendations to the discharge planner and your surgeon about your rehabilitation needs. They may suggest a short stay in a rehabilitation facility if they feel you are unable to safely return directly to your home.
Will My Insurance Pay for Home Care?
Most insurance plans provide some coverage for home care services. But plans, deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses will vary. Also, not all providers are in network with all insurance plans. It is best to contact your home care provider of choice prior to your surgery to see if it is in-network with your insurance company. You will also want to contact your insurance company to determine if any preauthorization is required for home care services.
Original Medicare Part A typically covers home care services at 100 percent, provided the services are ordered by your surgeon, are performed by skilled professionals and are medically necessary. In addition, the patient must be essentially “homebound,” meaning that it is difficult for the patient to perform activities outside the home, except to go to doctor’s appointments.
Most post-operative orthopedic patients will meet the above criteria upon hospital or facility discharge. If you have questions about your Medicare plan coverage, contact your home care provider of choice and/or Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Every Kindred at Home location provides comprehensive orthopedic home health care to meet your individual needs. In addition, we also offer our specialized Orthopedics Program in select locations.
What is our Orthopedics Specialty Program?
Developed in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons, this unique program helps promote mobility and independence while helping reduce your risk of unplanned hospital visits. Our specially trained home health orthopedic nurses and therapists provide evidence-based hands-on treatment and education to obtain the best possible outcome. The program starts with you - the patient.
The program is flexible, providing “as needed” care that is adjusted according to your individual needs in coordination with your physician’s treatment plan. Highlights include:
- Hands-on therapy in the comfort and privacy of your home
- Therapy exercises and activities designed to meet your individual needs
- Comprehensive care plan focused on preventing complications and rehospitalization
- Medication education and monitoring
- Care initiated within 24 hours of facility discharge
- Seven-day-a-week availability
Is our home-based orthopedics program for you?
- Are you over 65?
- Do you having difficulty leaving home or performing routine daily activities?
- Are you planning or have you recently undergone joint replacement surgery?
- Do you have a history of or have a current fracture?
- Have you had a recent orthopedic injury and/or related surgery?
- Do you suffer from joint related pain due to arthritis or osteoporosis?
- Do you require physical therapy and/or comprehensive home health services?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, our Orthopedics Program could be for you. Contact your local branch today to learn more.