Just 35 days after having a knee replacement at Parkwest Medical Center, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Jones was able to bowl competitively. The quick return to activity was made possible by in-home therapy at his Tellico Village home by professionals from Covenant HomeCare, which is affiliated with Parkwest.
Jones and his wife, Sally, who has been a registered nurse for nearly 40 years, say they are very impressed with both Parkwest and Covenant HomeCare.
“The pain was no where near what I thought it would be and my recovery period was much better than expected,” said Jones.
“Everyone worked together like clockwork,” Sally said. “I was impressed with the continuity of care – from the physician’s office, to the joint replacement class, surgery, recovery and therapy – you could see how seamless and streamlined the care is.”
Originally from Macon, Georgia, Jones initially injured his knee in1980 while playing volleyball. Over time, his knee problem continued and he had multiple scopes done to mend it arthroscopically, however, it wasn’t the long-term solution he needed.
Retiring after 21 years’ service in the Air Force, Jones worked another 11 years with a company that allowed him to travel abroad. Even though he had persistent knee pain, he assumed surgery would cause him to miss too much time from work. After his second retirement, he consulted with Dr. Harold ‘Hal’ Cates per the recommendation of his friends to have his surgery through the Parkwest Joint Center – The Retreat.
As a total knee replacement patient at Parkwest, he was enrolled into The Retreat which is personalized for total knee and total hip replacements. He was given a guidebook for the program at Dr. Cates’ office in preparation for this surgery. It included information on his procedure and what to expect along with places for him to keep his own notes and appointment information. As part of his pre-admission, he attended a Joint Education Class to meet the staff members that would be caring for him and what he could expect during his hospital stay.
Covenant HomeCare visited the Joneses in Tellico Village to continue Ken’s therapy. This provided him a smooth transition from the hospital to his home and complimented his recovery because its physical therapists are familiar with the Parkwest Joint Center program and knew how to continue the same level he received care at the hospital, in his home.
“Having Covenant HomeCare visits also helped me care for Ken,” Sally said. “I’m still working, so it was nice that they could provide his therapy in our home.”
Just six weeks after his procedure, Jones gets in and out of his Corvette – something his aching knee had hampered. Other activities that he is enjoying again include golf, swimming, climbing stairs and bowling.
“Have your knee replacement as soon as your physician recommends it,” he advised. It’ll allow you to get back to what you enjoy doing most – without the pain.”