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Care after hip or knee replacement surgery

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Problems with our hips and knees occur as we naturally age but can also be caused through other conditions, like arthritis or injuries, for example a fracture following a fall.  This can result in you living with bouts of chronic pain and lead you to feel less confident in carrying out our usual day-to-day activities and tasks, reducing your control over life and independence.

For many these problems can be resolved using pain management techniques or alternative therapies, but for some more specialist medical treatments are needed, including replacements to cure disease and repair injuries.

In England and Wales, according to the National Joint Registry, over 160,000 hip and knee replacements are performed every year.  A third of these are performed in independent hospitals and two thirds by the NHS.  Adults of any age can be considered for a knee replacement, although most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80.   As artificial joints typically need to be replaced after 10 years most people hold off if they can before they seek a replacement.  For others however the benefits of having the surgery as soon as possible with a robust plan for recovery means they can start to live life again and regain independence and choice in how they live their life.

Home care after knee or hip replacement surgery

Receiving compassionate care in the safety and comfort of your own home has far reaching benefits in improving well-being for a person needing post-op care after hip or knee replacement.  Our highly personalised support, delivered by a well-trained carer on a one-to-one basis, promotes positive rehabilitation.  Your rehabilitation programme is guided by you and set at your pace, offering reassurance and peace of mind for all the family. 

What is included in our knee replacement aftercare?

  • A comprehensive assessment of your care and support needs by our expert care manager.  We can devise a comprehensive plan of knee replacement aftercare working with the hospital Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist to structure the plan ready for you to be discharged
  • A falls management plan to ensure safe mobility in and around the home during your rehabilitation
  • Dedicated support from our in-house Occupational Therapist through our OT-led service during the convalescent period
  • Managing and administering medications
  • Companionship as and when you need it
  • Providing discreet and sensitive personal care
  • Attending post-operative follow up appointments with you at hospital or GP practice
  • Specialist nurse-led care through our nurse-led service
  • Planning and cooking mealsFacilitating social arrangements in the home
  • Trips and visits out of the home in your local community
  • Domestic tasksCaring for your much-loved pet
What is included in our knee replacement aftercare

What to expect following knee or hip replacement surgery

 

Once you have had joint replacement surgery, you will spend a period of time in hospital to recover from the operation.  For most people knee replacement post op after care is usually 2-5 days, and for hip replacements it is 1-2 weeks.

Before you are discharged from hospital a comprehensive knee replacement after care recovery plan, or a hip replacement post-operative care plan will need to be in place to support your rehabilitation.

During your recovery you are likely to experience swelling, stiffness and some pain in and around the joint and for some this can take several weeks to settle.  This will make it difficult to move about and mobilise.  

Initially, you may require assistance and support to ensure you are able to move safely and to reduce the risk of falling, which is more common following knee or hip replacement surgery.  The wound may also be sore following surgery and will need to be cared for to avoid any infection occurring.

At The Good Care Group, we can provide a comprehensive plan of knee replacement aftercare, with clearly defined goals ahead of you leaving hospital.  This will ensure you are working on your rehabilitation from the moment you come back home.  Our care manager will work with the hospital discharge team to ensure a swift and efficient discharge from hospital with everything in place, including any equipment you may need to enhance your rehabilitation programme and support you at home.

Benefits of professional knee and hip recovery care

At the heart of our live-in care service is enabling people to live well in their own home with the care and support they need from a carefully well-matched, trained professional carer who provides a better quality of life for those receiving care, whilst families receive a fully managed and regulated service that they can trust and rely on. 

A person who has just had knee or hip replacement surgery is likely to be experiencing difficulties with tasks of daily living, including standing to cook meals, washing and dressing, walking from room to room and managing domestic tasks, both in and outside the home.   

There are far reaching benefits to receiving our high-quality live-in care service:

 

Safe movement around your home

Our live-in care service following knee and hip replacement surgery is highly personalised focusing on a true understanding of the person’s needs.  We understand how much mobility will be affected and our dedicated professional carer will ensure you are able to move safely around your home, providing gentle encouragement to ensure you reach your goals and regain your independence.  If you need any equipment to support your rehabilitation programme and aid safe movement, we can provide expert advice on what would work best for you. 

We know how much lack of mobility and independence can affect a person’s mood.  We not only recognise the physical issues a person is facing, but also the impact these can have on their emotional, social and psychological wellbeing and adopt a compassionate, flexible and holistic approach to knee and hip replacement aftercare recovery.   Your dedicated carer will support and encourage you to complete your physiotherapy programme, ensuring you complete your exercises when you should.

OT-led care at home

Our dedicated Occupational Therapist (OT), Jackie Cooper will not only liaise with doctors, district nurses and NHS OT’s and physiotherapists, but is also on hand to be able to conduct a thorough OT assessment to facilitate fast and discharge from hospital following knee or hip replacement surgery.   If required Jackie will co-ordinate any requirement for equipment, so you can get home as quickly as possible to be cared for in comfortable and familiar surroundings with all the care you need.  Our OT-led care at home ensures our professional carers are focused on and supported to deliver a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to home care after hip replacement. Jackie will oversee your rehabilitation programme working with the care team to ensure goals are reached and outcomes achieved.   

Reduced risk of falls following knee and hip replacement surgery

At The Good Care Group, we know that falls and fall-related injuries are more common for people who have had a knee or hip replacement and cause pain, injury, loss of confidence and independence.  Our approach to providing high quality care at home has seen us reduce falls by 88% on the previous year, and our diligent professional carers ensure our clients experience fewer falls that result in serious injury than the average convalescence home resident.  

Effective and efficient medications administration

All our professional carers are trained in the management of medications.  They will ensure you take your medications as and when you should following your hip or knee replacement surgery.  They will ensure that pain and discomfort caused from surgery is minimised as much as possible by efficiently prompting taking of pain relivers.

Supporting domestic and household tasks

When you are receiving our home care after hip replacement or knee replacement aftercare, you will not need to worry about any of the day-to-day tasks around your home.  From preparing and cooking your meals, to keeping on top of laundry and cleaning of your home, your professional carer will ensure all your household chores are done so you can focus your time and energy on your recovery.

Supporting you to attend follow up appointments

Your carer will be on hand to attend post-operative hospital or GP follow up appointments with you if needed, taking away the worry from you and your family.

What are your aftercare options

What are your aftercare options?

Our hip and knee replacement post-operative care is highly flexible and can be provided in the following ways, depending on your individual needs and the goals you need to achieve:

  • Live in care – one-to-one care from a dedicated professional carer can be provided around the clock giving you much peace of mind.  This may be suitable for those who are already living with other complex or specialist conditions in addition to recovery following surgery.
  • Respite care – flexible respite services from as little as two weeks can provide the care you need for shorter periods of time to fit in with your hip replacement after care programme.  Respite care also enables a family carer to take a much-needed break from caring for their loved one.
  • Nurse-led care – if you require clinical interventions usually performed by a district nurse following surgery, nurse-led care after hip replacement and knee replacement can be provided by a competent and trained carer, overseen by a team of clinical experts.
  • Hourly care – a visiting carer can come to your home from as little as 30 minutes a day to as many hours or visits as you need to support you at the times you need it most during the day, for example getting up in the morning and preparing food at lunchtime.
  • Short term care – a professional carer will support you in own home following hospital discharge and provide post-op hip and knee replacement aftercare and rehabilitation​​​​​​​
  • Overnight care – if you need the reassurance that your care needs can be met overnight during the initial phases of rehabilitation, a professional carer can provide sleeping night care.   The carer is on hand to support you up to twice during the night, providing you with comfort and reassurance that someone is there should you need them.  Sleeping night care then enables the same carer to undertake their role supporting you during the day.

Arranging hip and knee replacement aftercare

 

If you are looking to arrange hip or knee replacement after care, our friendly care advisors will provide all the information and guidance you need to decide which care option would best meet your needs.

When you have decided that our home care service is right for you, a dedicated care manager will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your needs ahead of you being discharged from hospital.

We then take time to find the perfectly matched care team to provide all the care and support you need to enable to return home as soon as possible.  Our professional care teams are chosen carefully to meet an individual’s holistic needs.    The carers that provide post op care after hip replacement will be trained to ensure they can meet your care needs and will be overseen by our dedicated Occupational Therapist (OT).

Personalities and interests will be matched as this help the carer and the client form a closer relationship, provide more enjoyment and significantly improve the quality of your life whilst you rehabilitate.  We also ensure the chosen live-in care team is introduced to you and your loved one before the care service starts.  In the rare situation, the match does not work out, we will happily work with you to find a care team that does.

There are many compelling reasons why our clients choose us for knee replacement aftercare recovery and hip replacement post-operative care:

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Good Care Group is the only live-in care provider in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the CQC across all five categories – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.  We know this provides families with peace and mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

A fully managed and regulated home care service

We provide a fully managed and regulated home care following knee or hip replacement surgery, which offers families reassurance at a time they need it most.  Unlike introduction agencies who are not regulated by CQC, all our professional carers are directly employed and managed by us.  We ensure they are supervised by an experienced manager and supported by clinical experts – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Innovating care delivery through technology

Unlike any other live-in home care provider in the UK, we have invested in creating our own market-leading technology to further enhance our service. Through the development of an online community for our clients, their families and our professional carers, we are proactive and responsive to emerging issues, whilst enabling the softer social benefits that technology brings.  The secure platform is focused on ensuring our carers are equipped to effectively deliver the high-quality care our clients should expect, whilst delivering improvements in health outcomes.  Our families can access important information about the care of their loved one, providing a reassuring window into the care they are receiving.

Our professional carers use a dedicated community through a Chromebook to complete daily care records, update care plans, monitor nutrition and hydration and manage medications proactively with safety features ensuring accurate administration. This allows us to effectively monitor the health outcomes of our client’s care, so we can prevent and respond to incidents and ensure the very highest quality of care is always provided.  The online community also allows our professional carers to network, support each other, and share best practice, whilst facilitating a connection which is so important for a remote workforce.

For families who may live some distance away from their loved one, they can access care plans, care records and a calendar of events as and when they wish, offering much-needed peace of mind.    We are proud that this community offers families a transparent and immediate insight into our service.  The technology also provides families with reassurance that any cash handled by our carers is being managed safely and accurately, whilst enabling them to manage practical arrangements, such as food shopping remotely. They can also connect with our other clients’ families who may well be in a similar situation as themselves, so they can share their care experiences and support one another. 

Our professional carers will utilise the technology for their clients’ socialisation and enjoyment – everything from video calls with family members so they feel connected, online shopping to general web browsing.

Improving health outcomes

At The Good Care Group every decision is driven by delivering improved health outcomes for our clients.  Through our dedicated and committed approach to providing high quality care to our clients and the use of our market-leading digital technology, we see significant improvements in our clients’ overall health and wellbeing every year.

Unique to the live-in home care market, the technology enables us to digitally monitor health outcomes allowing us to effectively predict risk and shape the care we provide.  We know, for example that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the leading causes of hospital admissions for our clients, so we equip our carers with handheld testing kits to proactively monitor our clients for infections.   We then benchmark our data to demonstrate how effective our care is in improving the quality of our client’s lives in the context of other types of care provision, for example care homes.

Our health measures are focused on achieving the following:

  • Promoting wellbeing, independence and enjoyment
  • Reducing behaviours that challenge through implementation of psychosocial techniques
  • Reducing and eliminating antipsychotic drug use
  • Promoting excellence in nutrition and hydration
  • Reducing and preventing falls in the home
  • Reducing hospital admissions and re-admissionReducing UTI’s and chest infections
  • Reducing carer stress

Unrivalled falls prevention programmes

In England alone, 30% of people over the age of 65 fall at least once a year and for those 80 and over it is 50%.  By comparison, only 7% of our clients aged 65 and over fell at least once, and that was only 6% for those aged 80 or over.

Our clients are seven times less likely to suffer a serious injury as a result of a fall than residents living in a residential care home.  This is a result of our quality one-to-one care, which just cannot be achieved in even the very best care home, and our effective personalised falls management programmes.

Working with our in-house Occupational Therapist, we identify clients who are ‘frequent fallers’ and through an intensive and personalised approach to falls management these clients experienced 47% fewer falls from being in our care.

Reducing urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Through enhanced training and the use of our market-leading digital technology, our professional carers can perform urinalysis tests.  This means they can provide accurate and timely information to GP’s, enabling a quick diagnosis and treatment.  82% of our clients were diagnosed in 2019 using urinalysis kits, and through the introduction of testing we were able to reduce emergency interventions involving a 999 call or ambulance call out by a staggering 63%.  We have also achieved a 22% reduction in overall UTI related hospital admissions.

Effective pressure sore management

Our high-quality home care provided by dedicated and professional carers has seen a staggering reduction in pressure sores in those we care for when compared to both hospital and care home settings.  Our clients are nine times less likely to acquire a pressure sore than they are in a care home and three times less likely than in hospital.

Proactive monitoring of chest infections

Our partnership with an award-winning technology provider, Feebris has seen us reduce hospital admissions for those with respiratory problems by 28%.  Our carers use handheld medical devices to detect early signs of illness, such as chest infections enabling timely intervention to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

Efficient management of medications

Our digital technology is used proactively to effectively support safe administration of medications, which has seen error rates of 3% compared to a 22% error rate in care home settings.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Good Care Group is the only live-in care provider in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the CQC across all five categories – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.  We know this provides families with peace and mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

A fully managed and regulated home care service

We provide a fully managed and regulated home care following knee or hip replacement surgery, which offers families reassurance at a time they need it most.  Unlike introduction agencies who are not regulated by CQC, all our professional carers are directly employed and managed by us.  We ensure they are supervised by an experienced manager and supported by clinical experts – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Local teams with national coverage

We operate nationwide with a local approach to management of our teams near you.  Each dedicated care manager has as small portfolio of clients to support, enabling the care team to provide a tailored one-to-one approach with the highest levels of monitoring and support.​​​​​​

Talk to us about your care needs

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