Undergoing surgery is often not your first choice. But the Homeward Bound program at RoseCrest is designed to bridge the gap between the hospital and your home. The program offers physical therapy to individuals who have undergone surgery and need to regain strength and mobility before resuming everyday life.
Hip replacement surgery patients, for example, will have a recovery time of four to six weeks before returning to normal routines. However, in many cases, they are discharged from the hospital after three days if there are no complications and are expected to continue physical therapy at home. The therapy promotes good blood flow and preventing blood clots by moving as much as possible after surgery, but pain, energy levels and lack of at-home assistance can make life difficult for many patients.
Enter RoseCrest’s Homeward Bound program. Therapists work diligently with patients twice a day for up to 30 days in assisted living to get them ready to go home, said RoseCrest Community Outreach Director Sherry Gibbs.
“We want to make sure the patients get up and moving as much as they can,” she explained.
Regular therapy speeds up the recovery process and increases an individual’s capabilities in the long-term. A patient enrolled in the Homeward Bound program lives in the assisted-living facility and has access to all activities on the campus, which is also a retirement community.
“We have several outside areas that they can enjoy, or they can play games or visit the library,” said Gibbs.
Here’s a peek into a day in the Homeward Bound program at RoseCrest:
An omelet breakfast is served with coffee in the dining hall. Afterward, you’ll attend the first of two physical therapy sessions scheduled for the day. The therapist may push you hard, but you’ll have help taking a warm shower when you are done. Lunch fills up your tank before afternoon physical therapy. Now you can spend your free time on an outing to the park. An example of what you might have for dinner is a bowl of homemade soup and a turkey club sandwich with peach shortcake. But the best part of your day will likely be rocking on the Southern porch with friends, watching the setting sun.
Gibbs explained that each patient is assessed individually.
“We want to make sure when they leave RoseCrest they are as independent as possible,” she said.
Homeward Bound removes the everyday struggle from recovery so you can focus on healing in comfort.
For more information on the Homeward Bound program at RoseCrest, call 864-599-8600 or visit www.RoseCrest.org.