Rehabilitation and broken hip
Depending on the type of surgery and a person's general health rehabilitation and recovery from broken hip will take time.
How long does it take to recover from broken hip?
Generally a person can spend a few weeks recovering from broken hip in a rehabilitation hospital. Some people will be transferred home with nursing assistance whilst others to an aged care facility.
If you are caring for a person following broken hip they will need help at home for 6 - 12 weeks post surgery, in some cases even longer.
Unfortunately many older people don't regain their previous level of independence. A fall is a frightening experience and many older people lose their confidence after a fall and require long term assistance at home.
For people with dementia broken hip can lead to a rapid decline in physical and mental health.
What does rehabilitation therapy involve after broken hip?
Regaining independence and the ability to undertake normal activities of daily living is a major part of rehabilitation therapy following broken hip.
Gradually a person will be advised to place weight on their broken hip. Following hip surgery a person will need to learn how to move safely, sit, stand and change their weight on their hip. A person's activity level will increase over time.
If you are caring for someone with broken hip ensure you have an understanding of the precautions to take regarding certain movements.
A physiotherapist can show you safe transfer techniques and will also recommend the use of mobility aids such as walkers, pick up frames and canes.
You may like to ask the surgeon or physiotherapist:
- What movements can my loved one safely make?
- How can my loved one get in and out of bed safely?
- What assistive devices can I purchase to increase safety and independence?
- What restrictions apply to carrying heavy objects?
- How can I safely transfer a loved one in a car?
- What are the signs of hip displacement?
- How can I position my loved one in bed and in a chair?
- What complications can arise and how do I recognise these?
- What movements should be avoided?
Broken hip and exercise
Exercises are a very important part of recovery from broken hip. Exercise helps build up strength and increase the ability to weight bear.
Many public hospitals run falls awareness programs and hydrotherapy classes for older people following broken hip that may be worth looking into.
If a loved one is in an aged care facility and you are worried they are not receiving adequate care, talk to the director of nursing about arranging private physiotherapy for the first few weeks post surgery.
Good rehabilitation and mobilising a person shortly after hip surgery can ensure a better outcome for people recovering from broken hip.