Epworth’s Rehabilitation in the Home (RITH) program, a 10-month pilot program targeting BUPA patients who have undergone a hip or knee joint replacement, commenced in September 2014.
The program is an initiative of the rehabilitation team at Epworth Richmond and allows patients to be discharged early from hospital, with rehabilitation continuing in their home. Some patients
may be appropriate for RITH following a short burst of inpatient rehabilitation therapy. Patients will be in the RITH program for a maximum of six weeks, dependent on clinical need.
RITH Team Leader Laura Davidson said “What is great about Epworth’s Rehabilitation in the Home Program is that the patients receive excellent continuity of care. We visit the patient before they leave hospital, discuss their expectations and goals and then continue that treatment at home.”
The program has received great support from many orthopaedic surgeons as well as from the Richmond acute treating team, and an expansion to include more health funds and potential case mixes will now be considered.
This would not be possible without the encouragement and engagement received from all members of the steering and working groups as well as the staff who are involved with the day to day management of these patients.
Thank you to all involved for their commitment to the continued success of this program.
For all enquiries regarding the RITH program, please contact RITH Team Leader Laura Davidson on 0427 532 611 or email EHA-RITH@epworth.org.au