Norton Joint Care Program
Norton Joint Care
We understand joint replacement surgery may sound intimidating. If surgery has been recommended for you, you may have many questions. The Norton Joint Care program includes comprehensive education and rehabilitation components, so you will know what to expect before, during and after surgery. This holistic approach and community atmosphere helps support you each step of the way – from before surgery through recovery. Participation in the program typically results in less pain and a quicker recovery time. A team of caregivers, including physicians, coaches, nurses, care managers, physical therapists, music therapists and others, is dedicated to helping you return to your full potential with your new joint.
The role of a coach
We strongly encourage all patients to have a “coach” to help them through the joint replacement experience. Your coach can be a family member or friend who is willing to help you prepare for surgery and progress through the steps of recovery. Your coach will accompany you to educational classes and help with rehabilitation in the hospital following surgery and at home once you are released from the hospital. Your coach also will be a big help in making sure the home environment meets your safety needs while you are recovering. During the hospital stay, physical and occupational therapists work with you, your coach and your physician to develop a personalized rehabilitation and recovery program. If you are unable to find a coach, our team of caregivers will assist in your care and recovery while in the hospital and work with you as you transition home.
What to expect
Once your surgeon’s office has scheduled your joint replacement surgery, you will receive information about the Norton Joint Care program, including pre-surgery exercises to begin immediately. Approximately two weeks before surgery, pre-admission testing and a Norton Joint Care educational class will be scheduled. It is important for you and your coach to attend the educational class. The class covers details of the surgery and how to prepare, information on your hospital stay and tips for recovery.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (502) 629-1234.