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The rehabilitation process aims to help you get you back to your previous level of function (or as close to as possible) while you are in hospital. If you are over 65 and require rehabilitation in hospital you may be transferred to a rehabilitation setting. This is often 3 to 5 days after surgery.

The rehabilitation environment aims to provide an opportunity for you to get back to your normal routine by checking your ability to cope with normal household tasks.
You will still have a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a social worker involved in your care.

In the rehabilitation setting you may have a Geriatrician responsible for your medical care until you are discharged from the hospital.

Your fracture may have been related to Osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and brittle. While in hospital you will be assessed to determine if this was a factor and if so you may be advised how to reduce the risk of further fractures through life style, diet and possibly medication.

The focus now is to start planning for your discharge and setting goals with you and your family/whānau.

An Occupational Therapist will assess that you are able to manage everyday activities prior to going home. This may include being able to shower independently or prepare your own meals. In some instances you may be assessed as needing a higher level of support and you may require rest home care.

Last updated: August 29, 2018