Hip Fracture Rehabilitation
From hospitalization to outpatient therapy to home health, Brooks provides a broad range of rehabilitation services to help you and your family member recover from a Hip Fracture. With our expert treatment teams and the addition of a brand new unit, Brooks is the largest program for Hip Facture recovery. At Brooks, we will provide all of the support you need to help you return to your highest level of independence.
New Hip Fracture wing
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital recently added eighteen new private patient rooms dedicated solely to Hip Fracture. Spectacular features of the new wing are:
two rooms equipped with a Liko ceiling Lift System that safely assists staff when trying to lift heavier patients
patient rooms equipped with individual computers which allow for efficient and accurate documentation and provide the highest level of patient privacy and security
patient rooms equipped with individual medication boxes with keypad access to ensure that medications are dispensed safely and accurately
floors with smooth and safe walking surfaces
new beds that help keep you safe while in bed and during transfers and low pressure features which reduce the amount of skin issues
Brooks cares for you from head-to-toe
At Brooks, we believe it’s important to consider your needs as a patient with a hip fracture in a holistic perspective through comprehensive Head-to-Toe Assessments and treatment plans. You will receive a customized rehabilitation plan to meet your individual needs. This team includes therapists of several disciplines, nurses and our highly qualified board-certified physiatrists, who are experts in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation. Brooks offers the best patient-to-nurse and patient-to-therapist ratios among rehabilitation providers in the region—resulting in better outcomes. The Head-to-Toe Assessment and treatment incorporates nursing and therapy consideration of, but not limited to:
• Visual Deficits
• Balance & Vestibular Impairments
• Pain Management
• Patient and Family/Caregiver education needs
We are implementing standardized testing for Balance, Vestibular, Visual, and Cognitive deficits in order to objectively measure your progress towards independence. If you are at high risk of falling, home assessments will be initiated early to assist in providing recommendations and coordinating home modifications prior to discharge home. Your education and the education of your family is vitally important to prepare for your return home. The Hip Fracture program has expanded our Patient Education offerings to include a focus on Pain, Osteoporosis, and management of other related conditions. We have implemented this education in the nursing care of our patients. We are also developing a multidisciplinary support group called the Hip Club.
So you can be you again at home
At Brooks it is important to us that you remain safe once you return home and we continue to care for you to ensure a safe and successful return to your community. As a Brooks Hip Fracture patient returning home you will have access to the Home Management and Safety Group and The Community Transition Management Program.
Home Management and Safety Group. The focus of this group is to provide education on kitchen, bathroom and bedroom safety, fall recovery, and planning for emergency situations. Each Friday, there is an activity or outing that incorporates all of the information you learned during the week. This will provide you an opportunity to practice your skills in the community.
The Community Transition Case Management Program was started in 2007 to support you after you return home following hip fracture rehabilitation. We take great pride in arranging for your safe return home and do everything possible to support this transition. Prior to leaving you and/or your family are informed of this program and what they can expect from Brooks post-discharge:
• Case Management will contact you and/or your family within 3 days after your return home. This contact is to confirm that you have received the medications, services, and equipment needed to ensure that you are successful with your discharge plan. You and/or your family are encouraged to contact the Case Manager should you have any questions or concerns.
• A second contact is made at 30 days post discharge to confirm that you have successfully reintegrated into your community.
Overall, you will find this support to be a positive addition to the services provided by the Case Managers. It is a good way to ensure that you are safe and supported in your own home.
Focusing on all you can do
Once admitted to Brooks, our goal is to help you transition from feeling like a patient to an independent person. We’ve learned from experience that rehabilitation services offered more frequently and comprehensively will help you become mobile faster. This is why, each weekday, you will receive three or more hours of personally supervised therapy, including: physical therapy, occupational therapy and aquatic therapy.
Read more about the range of therapies offered by Brooks.
The power of positive thinking
At Brooks, we are firm believers in the power of positive thinking. During hip fracture recovery, it is not uncommon to feel anxious, angry or depressed. Our highly qualified psychologists are available to counsel patients so they can gain the most benefit from rehabilitation. Counseling may include stress management, relaxation training and education—helping patients celebrate the small milestones of recovery, such as walking 10 steps further today than yesterday.
Protect yourself against re-injury
You can guard against re-injury and reduce your risk of falls if you follow some simple guidelines. By simply keeping your home well lit and free of hazards that might cause you to trip and fall—such as area rugs and exposed electrical cords—you can decrease the likelihood of an accident. Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of calcium and vitamin D will also benefit you by preventing future bone loss.