The importance and necessity of home-based rehabilitation with professional and systematic interventions should be considered since home-based rehabilitation has been institutionalized as it is more feasible, cost effective, and even safer than in-hospital rehabilitation in most countries—though not in South Korea. In addition, the need for home-based rehabilitation is increasing due to the increasing number of hip fracture patients and limited capacity of acute hospital rehabilitation. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the awareness, needs, and preferred components of home-based rehabilitation services after discharge for elderly patients with hip fracture surgery in South Korea. A survey of 98 elderly patients who recently underwent hip fracture surgery was performed using a questionnaire. More than 75% of patients agreed on the need for home-based rehabilitation, even though most had never heard of it. The reason for the need for home-based rehabilitation was that it is possible to receive continuously ongoing treatment (53.0%), and it alleviates the inconvenience of visiting hospitals (27.7%). In addition to this, about 15.7% of patients responded that they could achieve mental comfort. In other words, patients can recover in an emotionally stable environment without the psychological anxiety they might experience in hospital. Thus, in order to maximize the effectiveness of home-based rehabilitation and provide comprehensive guidance including exercise, education, motivational support, and environmental modification, to patients undergoing hip fracture surgery, the component of the rehabilitation program must be developed based upon rehabilitation experts’ knowledge and patients’ value. Additionally, corresponding policies should be established.
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