More than 1 million Americans have a hip or a knee or a shoulder replaced each year. Joint replacement surgery means removing a damaged joint and putting in a new one.

In designing treatment, the first step involves understanding how the surgery affected the person’s ability to function and what support is needed in order for the patient to be as independent as possible. Medication, diet and exercise are all keys to a successful transition to home. The goals of treating a joint replacement at home are all tied to what can best help the person recovering be as functionally independent as possible.

The importance of being able to return to the level of independence previously enjoyed by the patient cannot be overstated. In-home services can help in a variety of ways to make that return to independence possible. The benefits of utilizing home care in this situation include: Improved mobility, balance and strength for the patient; increased home safety; decreased fall risk; decreased urgent care or ER visits due to falls. In addition, in-home services provide assistance with transportation, medication reminders, motivational exercise, meal prep, and plan of care adherence.

Each individual has his or her own unique needs when it comes to rehabilitating from joint replacement surgery. Individualized recovery plans utilizing in-home services can allow a person to progress at a rate that fits their own needs.