Rehab in the Home (RITH) is a program available for people who are discharged directly home after having hip or knee replacement surgery at an Epworth hospital or for people who have had a workplace injury and are insured under WorkCover.
What to expect
A physiotherapist will visit you at home to assess you and provide treatment. This includes advice on managing pain and daily activities in the weeks following surgery.
The physiotherapist will design a rehabilitation program specifically for you, based on your goals. This will include maximising your mobility, joint flexibility and muscle function through a home exercise program.
The physiotherapist will attend 1 or 2 appointments per week, depending on your needs.
A rehabilitation doctor will oversee your care throughout your RITH program. They will supervise and manage your medications, wound care or any medical concerns related to your rehabilitation. They will also liaise with your surgeon and/or GP as required.
You might need to attend a consultation with the rehabilitation physician at Epworth Richmond in the first 1 to 2 weeks after your discharge from hospital, and on conclusion of the program.
Length of the program
A RITH program is flexible, and runs for up to 6 weeks, as required. If you need longer-term physiotherapy, or support from other allied health specialists, a referral will be provided to the Epworth Allied Health Clinic or a community physiotherapist of your choice.
There are no out-of-pocket expenses to participate. Eligibility is dependent on your health insurance and your residential location.
How to participate in a RITH program?
If you are a current patient of Epworth, ask your treating team for a referral during their hospital stay. A RITH team member will contact you by phone to arrange the first appointment.
For enquiries, please contact the RITH team on 0418 848 947.