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Old Yesterday, 02:57 PM
 
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Iím getting ready for hip replacement and it seems a lot of us get sent to Skilled Nursing Facility to get rehab, etc. For various reasons I donít think this is the best approach for me and have a bad feeling about it. I want to come home right from the hospital and get PT 3 times a week at home, plus I believe I can get a home health care nurse to visit as well. Iím on Medicare. I live alone but have lined up people to help me and someone should be with me every day for a few hours at least, one of them is a home health care worker. Iíve had 3 other major surgeries and came home directly from hospital and did fine. Anyone have any experience with this or any comments? Thx.
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Old Yesterday, 03:35 PM
 
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Is your surgeon suggesting that you will need time in a rehab facility? This could be so individual based on other mobility issues you might have. FWIW, I was up and around with crutches at the hospital the day after surgery and went directly home after discharge. A couple of friends/neighbors were lined up to drive, give me a hand with household chores ahead of time (I lived alone and happened to have birds and several reptiles) but I didn't need any sort of nursing or PT I couldn't do myself. By the time surgery came up the house was arranged to make life easier (using a pamphlet of suggestions my surgeon had provided), kitchen stocked, was set up to work at home remotely, had house assist devices (shower stool, raised commode, hand held sprayer, etc) on hand and had practiced using them. There wouldn't have been anything for a visiting nurse or PT to do.

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Old Yesterday, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I’m getting ready for hip replacement and it seems a lot of us get sent to Skilled Nursing Facility to get rehab, etc. For various reasons I don’t think this is the best approach for me and have a bad feeling about it. I want to come home right from the hospital and get PT 3 times a week at home, plus I believe I can get a home health care nurse to visit as well. I’m on Medicare. I live alone but have lined up people to help me and someone should be with me every day for a few hours at least, one of them is a home health care worker. I’ve had 3 other major surgeries and came home directly from hospital and did fine. Anyone have any experience with this or any comments? Thx.
Well, if you are up to it, come home and if you can navigate good, then I am all for that one. When I had hip replacement and spent 3 nights in hospital and had some rehab while there I wasn't sure until close to being discharged what I'd do, my surgeon pushed the "go home" idea as I was strong and doing good. I'm glad I did and didn't even have anyone stay over the first night or any night after that. I believe if one is in basic good condition, go home. I had some PT come to the house and not a lot as he said I was doing so well. I was 72 and had anterior approach, do you know which you are having? I did well for first 5 months....Then..............

On the other hand, I have a friend who did two THR, one posterior and one anterior and she went to rehabs both times she did them 8 yrs apart or so. No help at home either. Her first one she was 82.

We both have our longterm stories. Hope all goes good for you.
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Old Yesterday, 04:07 PM
 
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of course everyone is different but i had both hips replaced this year, both were direct anterior approach.

the course was the same for both, overnight in the hospital, home the next day. no PT, just walk as much as possible.

i live alone but did have a friend stay each time for about 5 days. however, other than the ride home i really didn't need anyone to stay with me but it was appreciated.

i had home health 2x/wk for two weeks and once the dressing was removed home health discharged me.
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Old Yesterday, 07:26 PM
 
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Not sure how old you are, OP. My daughter had a hip replacement at 52. She went home after the hospital with exercises to do. Her father stayed for the first week (2 story house but she was downstairs) and I went for the 2nd week. She was not allowed to drive.
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Old Yesterday, 10:20 PM
 
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I’m 71, in good health, but have had other surgery where it would be, to me, very important to be at home. I do have friends, neighbors, cleaning lady, church folks, lined up to help me/visit at least once a day but no one 24/7 (which is fine with me, I’m used to that). I live in a small apartment so I should be able to get around ok with walker. Have bought shower stool, toilet seat riser, sock aid, and leg lifter! Will get food, toiletries, stocked up to last for awhile. I’m very mobile right now. The surgeon was concerned about safety because I live alone, and I’m afraid I won’t gave any choice in this. I’m going to do my best to do real well during my stay in the hospital. I’m so afraid I’ll get really down being in “nursing home” environment, plus I have a lot of food restrictions (no red meat, no dairy)...don’t know what I would even have to eat there. All around it sounds like a bad idea to me.

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Old Today, 03:44 AM
 
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My husband went into a rehab facility once after knee replacement and by the 3rd day demanded to go home because, other than PT twice a day, there was not one other bit of attention he needed or got.
If things are set up so at home is workable I think most would prefer it (Unless you're really looking forward to the vacation aspect!
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Old Today, 08:47 AM
 
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Iím 71, in good health, but have had other surgery where it would be, to me, very important to be at home. I do have friends, neighbors, cleaning lady, church folks, lined up to help me/visit at least once a day but no one 24/7 (which is fine with me, Iím used to that). I live in a small apartment so I should be able to get around ok with walker. Have bought shower stool, toilet seat riser, sock aid, and leg lifter! Will get food, toiletries, stocked up to last for awhile. Iím very mobile right now. The surgeon was concerned about safety because I live alone, and Iím afraid I wonít gave any choice in this. Iím going to do my best to do real well during my stay in the hospital. Iím so afraid Iíll get really down being in ďnursing homeĒ environment, plus I have a lot of food restrictions (no red meat, no dairy)...donít know what I would even have to eat there. All around it sounds like a bad idea to me.
1) A rehab is different than a nursing home.
2) Your food restrictions aren't likely to be a huge problem either.
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Old Today, 09:05 AM
 
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I’m getting ready for hip replacement and it seems a lot of us get sent to Skilled Nursing Facility to get rehab, etc. For various reasons I don’t think this is the best approach for me and have a bad feeling about it. I want to come home right from the hospital and get PT 3 times a week at home, plus I believe I can get a home health care nurse to visit as well. I’m on Medicare. I live alone but have lined up people to help me and someone should be with me every day for a few hours at least, one of them is a home health care worker. I’ve had 3 other major surgeries and came home directly from hospital and did fine. Anyone have any experience with this or any comments? Thx.
You won't know until you've had the surgery. It depends on how soon you can walk independently or with a walking aid. They'll evaluate you in the hospital and then send you to rehab either at home or a skilled nursing facility. I know someone who was home within a week. Your surgeon would be the best person to ask since he knows the complexity of your specific case.
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