Orthopedic Injuries

HSNNY Case Study

Condition Treated:
Orthopedic Injury

Submitted By:
Amy LaCroix, RN

Case Description:
My client had fallen off of a porch and fractured her leg so badly that she needed surgery. After her procedure, she experienced a lot of pain and NWB to the leg, and she needed constant help from her husband to move around the house (transfers etc.). This level of care became too high for her husband to manage alone, and they called Health Services of Northern New York.

How we helped

If you have an orthopedic injury, including a post-surgical orthopedic injury, 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 gait 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

Personal Care Services are also offered as needed.

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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