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Family members as therapy coaches
Patients are encouraged to select a family member or friend to act as their coach during therapy sessions at the Joint Replacement Center and at home. Patients receive a good amount of information and instruction, so having another set of eyes and ears can be helpful in remembering all the details. Handouts with exercise directions and pictures also help patients and coaches remember the specifics of each exercise.

Having participated during the inpatient therapy sessions, the designated family member or coach feels comfortable helping the patient with exercises when the patient returns home, and more comfortable caring for the patient at home. Patients may also feel added motivation in performing their exercises both at the therapy gym and at home if a family member or friend is present to encourage them.


Practicing activities of daily living
Patients being able to safely perform activities of daily living helps them transition directly from the Joint Replacement Center to home, instead of transferring to an inpatient rehabilitation facility for further rehabilitation. The Joint Replacement Center's therapy gym contains a number of stations designed to help patients practice activities of daily living:


Joint Replacement CenterVehicle transfers:Getting in and out of a vehicle safely is critical to the rehabilitation process, especially for patients who have undergone a total hip replacement, as they are at risk for dislocating their hip immediately after surgery. With the guidance of a therapist, patients learn how to safely enter and exit a vehicle, using a model car in the Joint Replacement Center therapy gym.


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Climbing stairs: At home, most patients have to negotiate stairs to get into their home or to access areas of their home. Being able to use stairs safely, especially early in recovery, is very important. Using practice stairs, Joint Replacement Center therapists teach patients how to safely go up and down stairs.



Bathing: To prepare patients for when they are cleared to take a shower or bath at home following surgery, Joint Replacement Center therapists use a model bath tub to show patients how they can safely get in and out of the tub.


Muscle strengthening: Increasing the strength of muscles around the replacement joint is vital to the recovery process. Using a high-low mat table, which can be adjusted to a patient's height, Joint Replacement Center therapists show patients how to perform exercises that will increase the strength of muscles that support the joint. The goal is to make patients comfortable performing strengthening exercises while they are in the hospital, to prepare them for further rehabilitation at home or at an outpatient rehabilitation center. Getting patients on the path to developing stronger muscles helps them become active sooner.