If you will be obtaining knee transplant surgery soon, then you may be deciding whether you would like to go home after you leave the hospital or stay at a skilled nursing facility for a short period of time. While the right decision may not become apparent until you are ready to leave the hospital, you should learn all about the benefits of skilled nursing therapy centers for knee transplant patients now to help you make your decision later.
Read on to learn about two benefits of skilled nursing facilities for knee transplant patients.
1. Obtain Needed Therapies More Conveniently
Everyone who obtains a knee transplant needs to participate in physical therapy sessions with a licensed physical therapist after their transplant surgery is performed. While you will receive some physical therapy right in the hospital after your surgery, most people need to keep participating in physical therapy sessions for at least a couple of weeks after they leave the hospital setting.
When you stay at a skilled nursing therapy center after you leave the hospital instead of going home, you can look forward to visiting your physical therapist without even leaving the building you are in. In fact, your physical therapist may come right to your room to pick you up or transfer you to a nearby physical therapy room.
However, if you instead return home, you may have to worry about finding transportation to and from a physical therapist's office or center every day, which you may find a hassle when you cannot drive due to your knee replacement surgery.
2. Stay Safe While Recovering
When you leave the hospital, you will likely rely on either a wheelchair and/or crutches to help you move around. In addition, many of the everyday tasks you performed before you underwent surgery may be much more difficult to attempt on your own. In fact, just using the restroom safely can seem like a challenge when you are new to getting into and out of the bathroom with the help of crutches or a wheelchair.
When you stay in a skilled nursing facility instead of returning directly home after a knee transplant surgery, you can look forward to having nurses and other facility staff always ready to help you when you face these challenges. You will likely have a call button in your room you can simply press to summon help.
In addition, the facility will provide meals, so you do not have to worry about finding someone else to cook for you when you are incapable of performing this task safely or eating expensive (and often unhealthy) fast food or other meal delivery options.
If you will be undergoing knee transplant surgery soon, then keep these two benefits in mind when deciding whether to go home directly from the hospital or instead stay at a nursing center while you complete additional rehab. To learn more about skilled nursing therapy, contact a clinic.