Baby boomers are the first generation to embrace joint replacement surgeries like knee replacements or hip replacements. This is primarily attributed to advancements in technology as well as the active lifestyles and hobbies of boomers in their middle age years. Most baby boomers may not be familiar with services like non medical home care unless they have dealt with aging parents who needed assistance around the house to remain safely at home. Non-medical home care is a host of companion services like light housekeeping, laundry, conversation and transportation to shopping and doctors appointments. It can also include services that address personal care needs like bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living. In-home care is great whether to have a little company around the house or an extra pair of hands. Non-medical home care is now a consideration for many baby boomers with busy families or who live alone and are now planning on knee replacement or hip replacement. Caregivers can help those transitioning home after surgery for a few weeks or a few months until the individual is able to get back into their routine. If you are evaluating the possibility of having a hip or knee replacement you will be interested in a Hip and Knee Replacement Analysis done by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) that was released in early June 2015. Click here to view the report. The study looks at outcomes for the 53,769 patients who underwent one or more of these procedures in a Pennsylvania hospital in 2013. The report also includes risk-adjusted readmission ratings, average hospital charges, Medicare payments, surgeon volume, and county-level knee and hip replacement rates—information that can be helpful to patients and families making treatment decisions on where to receive care and to other purchasers of health care when evaluating hospital performance. If you are considering hip or knee replacement and would like to talk to a Lehigh Valley home care provider to ease your transition home, call Home Instead Senior Care at 610-770-7773 or visit homeinstead.com/217. PHC4 is an independent state agency charged with collecting, analyzing, and reporting information that can be used to improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in the state. More than 840,000 public reports on patient treatment results are downloaded from the PHC4 website each year, and nearly 100 organizations and individuals annually utilize PHC4’s special requests process to access and use data. PHC4 is governed by a 25-member board of directors, representing business, labor, consumers, health care providers, insurers, and state government.
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