Quality care after a recent surgery is essential for preventing hospital readmissions and to ensure that a senior adult has the best outcome for their recovery. While individual healing times can vary depending upon the your loved one’s current state of health and other factors, these four tips will help to make sure that he or she one receives quality rehabilitation care for a faster recovery period.
- Designate a Caregiver
When a senior knows they have an upcoming surgery, designate a family member who will be able to assist with activities of daily living and ensure a safe and comfortable recovery. If a family member is unable to provide assistance, consider hiring a professional New Hampshire live-in caregiver beforehand so that the senior can become familiar with who will be tending to their needs.
- Understand After Care Instructions
After a recent surgery, the senior’s medical team will provide a list of instructions to follow throughout their recovery. Make sure that everyone understands these instructions before the senior is discharged from the medical facility. Then, brief any new caregivers on these instructions, and update everyone if there are any changes.
- Implement a Medication Management Plan
New medications are often prescribed after surgery to help control pain and prevent infection. Senior adults may need assistance with taking their medications on time and in the correct dosage. If necessary, appoint a caregiver to be in charge of a medication management plan so that mix-ups can be avoided.
- Set Up a Room for Recovery
Post-surgery, many seniors struggle with mobility and balance which can contribute to a higher risk for falls. If a senior will be recovering at home, set up a special room that can be used while they recover. Ideally, this room should have enough space for a bed and any other necessary equipment while also being accessible to a sink. This way, the senior can recover in a comfortable environment with caregivers who are familiar with their routine.
If your aging parent or loved one has an upcoming surgery or procedure or has recently been discharged from the hospital, ensure their comfort and safety at home with help from Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of home care in New Hampshire, and offer assistance at home to promote a faster recovery period and can also deliver care bedside at the hospital and for transportation to medical and follow-up appointments. To learn more about our care services or to schedule a free in-home consultation, call a Care Manager today at 603-471-3004.