Pen Bay Healthcare’s Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice recently participated in a nationwide study of patients who underwent either a hip or a knee replacement. The researchers compared outcomes for patients who went directly home for their rehabilitation versus those who went either to a skilled nursing facility or a rehabilitation center.

This study concluded that home care rehabilitation is the best strategy for patients if they are healthy and have social support. For those patients who are not as healthy or strong, medical and nursing support may be needed. The study was conducted through the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University, and its findings were published in the May 2011 issue of Archives of Physical Medicine. Agencies were chosen based on their quality measures and the ability to be an active participant in the study, which required additional data collection by both nursing staff and physical therapy.

“This initial study and its findings seem to clearly confirm what we have already discovered,” said Mike Rich, director of home care and rehabilitation services for Kno-Wal-Lin, in a press release. “While there will always be patients who require a more prolonged inpatient stay, we have always felt that addressing functional mobility, strength and range of motion in this patient population directly, in their own environment, not only makes sense but is also sound clinical practice.”

Kno-Wal-Lin provides skilled and professional services to help people stay healthy and independent at home. Home care staff work closely with physicians to design personalized home care plans and home education programs for their patients. The goal is to help people attain or regain a comfortable and independent health status according to the rehab and health potential of each patient’s situation.