Joint Replacements

HSNNY Case Study

Condition Treated:
Joint Replacement

Submitted By:
Maryann Howells, RN Case Manager

Case Description:
My client returned to her home after having her left knee replaced. She had a very high stress level after her operation because she was in excessive pain and was paranoid that she had a blood clot. She was not eating well, and her overall blood pressure and heart rate were increasing.

How we helped

If you have had joint replacement surgery, our Nurses can provide the following services to help you recover:

  • Assess home safety
  • Assess adaptive equipment and assist with obtaining adaptive equipment
  • Assess wounds and change dressings
  • Pain management
  • Medications and treatment management
  • Perform Lab draws and management of anticoagulation (blood thinning)
  • Teach family members to properly care for the client
  • Act as a liaison between the client’s physician and the family

Our Physical Therapists will:

  • Assess home safety
  • Assess adaptive equipment and assist with obtaining adaptive equipment
  • Assist with gate therapy to restore walking/mobility
  • Develop a home exercise program and teach clients and caregivers to implement the exercise program
  • Evaluate the client’s progress and plans for recovery
  • Restore the client to his or her pre-surgical abilities and level of wellness

Our Home Health Aides can assist you with the following daily living activities:

  • Personal Care
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Applying medical wear such as braces
  • Physical Therapy exercises
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication intake

If your needs exceed the limited availability of a Home Health Aide, our Personal Care Aides can provide additional services to assist you with your daily living activities.

Our Medical Social Workers can:

  • Assist with long-term care planning
  • Assist with obtaining payment help and applying for programs
  • Assist with managing finances and managing resources
  • Assist with process of using healthcare proxies
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