When the orthopedic team discharges your loved one from the hospital, the next stop is either heading home or to a skilled nursing facility. You will be responsible for providing transportation to your loved one. They should be able to travel by car when discharged.
Your doctor will prescribe medicine and a blood thinner upon hospital discharge. These prescriptions should be filled immediately for use at home. If your loved one is heading to a skilled nursing facility first, medications will be provided at the facility.
If your loved one is coming home to recover and rehabilitate, they will need equipment at home. This equipment can include:
- Assistive walking devices, such as a cane, crutches or a walker
- Ice packs
- Hand-held breathing device
- Pillows for elevation
- Some surgeons suggest using a Continuous Passive Motion Machine (CPM) at home – check with the surgeon to see if a CPM is a good fit for your loved one’s rehabilitation plan.
Before your family member leaves the hospital our orthopedic team will help to secure this equipment for home use. If they are headed to a skilled nursing facility, all necessary equipment will be provided for them at the facility.