HeadersNEW_JointReplacementMany patients recuperating from total joint replacement of the knee or hip are able to have successful rehabilitation at home with the support of visiting nurses, therapists, and home health care aides.Constellation’s Total Joint Replacement Program is an interdisciplinary approach which utilizes the expertise of the physician/surgeon, physical therapist, occupational therapist and rehabilitation nurse to provide education and physical training to increase patient knowledge, maximize recovery of function and minimize post-operative complications. Our program is designed to allow the patient to return to the community safely and comfortably while retaining their independence.

Working closely with Orthopedic Surgeons, a home therapy and exercise program is developed for each patient.  A referral for this program can be made at the same time the surgery is scheduled at the Surgeon’s office or at the time of discharge from either a hospital or skilled nursing facility.

Program Goals

  • Acclimate each patient to their own home environment
  • Build range of motion, strength and endurance
  • Optimize patient capabilities toward independent transfers and ambulation
  • Maximize patient and family confidence


Program Objectives

  • Nursing and therapist will initiate services within 24 hours after discharge from in patient facility.
  • Therapy services will assess your safety and durable medical equipment needs in the home setting.
  • Individualized home exercise program, including gait training, stair management, post-operative cautions and positioning.
  • Education on joint protection, maintenance of weight bearing status at all times.
  • Provide hands on instruction for activities of daily living and home management.
  • Skilled Nursing will assess your post-op clinical status, including pain management, edema control, incision healing and monitoring signs/symptoms of infection.
  • Certified Home Health Aide is available based on your individual assessment to reinforce the home exercise program, assist with ambulation, and activities of daily living
  • Social Worker available to address understanding and coping with altered functional status and to assist in identifying community resources
  • Nutritionist can assist with a therapeutic diet as necessary