Family & Peer Support
Lean on Me
Before you enter the Joint Replacement Center, you’ll be encouraged to designate a family member or friend as your personal coach, to help you through the recovery here and at home. This is in addition to the support you’ll receive from the staff and the other patients who are also recovering from joint replacement surgery. Friends and family members can play a key role in motivating you to participate in your recovery—it always helps to have someone rooting for you when you’re trying to get back on your feet.
At the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Joint Replacement Center, we place equal emphasis on wellness and mobility. Our patients receive between two and four rehabilitation therapy sessions daily and are usually walking, with a walker, less than 24 hours after surgery. We use both group and individual therapy sessions as opportunities to build strength and mobility immediately following surgery. Studies show progress is enhanced by the shared experience and encouragement of group therapy. Plus, it’s more fun. In the private therapy sessions, our therapists can address individual needs. You’ll be encouraged to know that most Joint Center patients can climb a flight of stairs before they leave the Center.