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Recover from joint replacement surgery at home

In consultation with your treating doctor, you could have your rehabilitation after either a partial or total hip or knee joint replacement surgery at home.

Guy recovering on couch

An extensive rehabilitation program carried out in hospital or a specialised centre is sometimes required after you’ve had joint replacement surgery.

To give Medibank members greater choice and flexibility post-surgery, Medibank has created a program that allows you to have your rehab at home after a partial or total hip or knee joint replacement. This follows a successful rehab at home pilot that began with Victorian patients in May 2016.

Who is eligible?

If you’re interested in having rehab at home, we can help. You’ll need to hold Medibank hospital insurance that includes cover for hip and knee replacements and you’ll need to have a referral from your doctor. We’ll also need to consider how appropriate this service is for you, which can include checking how suitable your home environment is and the support you might have available there.

Waiting periods might apply and you need to be referred by your doctor before you are discharged from hospital, but we can talk through your individual situation if you give us a call.

How do I participate?

If you are about to undergo a partial or total hip or knee replacement and are interested in participating in the rehabilitation at home program, speak with your doctor about your suitability for the program and whether they are able to provide a referral to the program.

How does it work?

This recovery program connects you to highly qualified health and support professionals from across Australia. It’s tailored to your individual needs and, if suitable, you can have rehab in the comfort of your own home.

Generally, there shouldn’t be any additional out-of-pocket costs involved. However, as with any claim for treatment, it’s best to give us a call beforehand to check what is and isn’t included in your policy.

Watch how Medibank at Home’s rehabilitation program made a difference for Dave after his hip replacement. 

What are the benefits?

Your home is likely to be the place where you feel most comfortable, so it makes sense to start adjusting to your new joint and re-gain mobility and function in your own environment.

Research shows benefits of in-home rehab include:

  • Better quality of life.1,2
  • Added support through being closer to your family and friends.
  • Greater flexibility and convenience.
  • Less time spent in hospital and a decreased likelihood of returning to hospital.3,4

Find out more

For more information on this exciting new program, please contact our rehabilitation at home team on 1800 065 769.

1 Sasha Shepperd, et al. Randomised controlled trial comparing hospital at home care with inpatient hospital care. Three month follow up of health outcomes, BMJ 1998;316:1786
2 Kristin Siggeirsdottir et al. Short hospital stay augmented with education and home-based rehabilitation improves function and quality of life after hip replacement, Acta Orthopaedica 2005;76(4):555-562
3 Aakash Keswani, et al, Discharge Destination After Total Joint Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Postdischarge Outcomes, Placement Risk Factors, and Recent Trends, J Arthroplasty. 2016 Jun;31(6):1155-62.
4 Fu MC1, et al. Discharge to Inpatient Facilities After Total Hip Arthroplasty Is Associated With Increased Postdischarge Morbidity. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Mar 27. pii: S0883-5403(17)30280-2.

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