For Judy Cote, of West Springfield, it has been ten years of putting off surgery and tolerating increasing pain from arthritis in her left knee. The pain had dramatically limited her physical abilities. In recent years, she has had to stop the activities she enjoys like bicycling and swimming.
After consulting with her orthopedist Andrew Lehman, MD, of New England Orthopedic Surgeons, it was clear that a full knee replacement was her best option to ensure a greater quality of life.
On May 12, Dr. Lehman performed a successful knee replacement at Bay State Medical Center. Following the procedure, Judy was given several choices for rehabilitation. As the Chief Operational Officer for Porchlight VNA (formerly Chicopee VNA), Judy knew that Porchlight could provide her with the best professional nursing and rehab team right in her own home.
Porchlight’s services began in Judy’s home a few days after surgery.
Porchlight’s Interdisciplinary Services
Porchlight’s experienced Physical and Occupational Therapists (PTs and OTs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) developed a plan for Judy to recover at home.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Outcome: Judy progressed and was soon back on her feet. She knows that she can receive the best possible care from Porchlight VNA when it is time for her to have her right knee replaced.
In Her Own Words: “I could have chosen a rehab center or outpatient therapy. However, I wanted to be home and it was unrealistic for me to get in and out of a car six times per week to go to outpatient therapy. You really need to be ready to make your way around your own home – so there’s really no better place to do your rehab.”