To this day, it’s still difficult to make a decision on which option is best after joint replacement: arranging at-home rehabilitation or sending the patient to a post-acute facility. Believe it or not, according to the New York Times, a patient living on their own benefits more from returning home than attending a post-acute facility.
Benefits from At-Home Care
More and more individuals are receiving knee and hip replacements – but why? People are living longer. So it only makes sense that with a higher population of elderly patients. there is also a higher demand for elder care services such as rehabilitation services and in-home services. The article mentioned that these options are more affordable than inpatient rehab facilities.
However, Dr. Javad Parvizi, chairman of research in orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson University argues that the necessity of a rehab facility after joint replacement should be re-evaluated. Read Alana Stramoski’s article in its entirety here.