We understand the rehabilitation process after surgery for a knee or hip replacement can be a demanding time and requires commitment and support at home, as for the first four to six weeks after the operation you’ll need extra support. Supporting a friend or family member can take its toll, especially when families are not close by. This is where our live in carers can step in.
Knee and Hip Replacement Care
With the help of our carers we can provide the right level of support on a short or long term basis. Our Carers can of course help with all manner of everyday tasks that might perhaps be difficult, such as cooking, bathing, shopping and keeping the home clean and safe – but they’re also on hand to help you get out and about. We want you to be able to make the most of every moment, regardless of your limitations.
Knee and Hip Replacement Exercise Programmes
You may also be enrolled on an exercise programme. At Independent People Homecare, you’re in safe hands as we are a physiotherapy led care company and experts at helping you work with the home exercises that you would have been prescribed. We can work with you to increase your Range of Movement (ROM) and the strength of your leg muscles, supporting you with encouragement to weight bear and mobilise.
Many people find that the time leading up to surgery has left the muscles around the knee weaker than when it was a fully functioning joint. It is clinically important to return these muscles, the quadriceps and the hamstrings, to full strength after a knee replacement as they act to help stabilise the joint as well as providing vital balancing information to the brain, this is known as proprioception. By returning the joint to being flexible and stronger and reducing pain the risk of falls reduces and confidence returns.
Post-surgery you should be prescribed a set of exercises specific to the procedure used and your needs. They may include weight bearing exercises and other exercises either in lying, sitting or standing. Our Live in carers will work with you, every day or as prescribed, to make sure that you have the best chance of a full recover in the golden window of rehabilitation that follows immediately after you are back in your own home.
If all goes well you could be home in as little as three days following your surgery, so we recommend that you speak to us as soon as you can on this journey, so we can be ready for your discharge and prepare for your return to being an independent person – living in your own home.
If you’d like more information on live in care, we’d love to speak to you about your requirements. Simply call us on 0808 278 2389 for more information or to arrange a FREE care assessment or you can contact us via email.