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Helping Seniors To Heal After A Surgery

Helping Seniors To Heal After A Surgery

Do you have a senior loved one who you will need help with their post-surgery? For seniors with age-related cognitive and physical health issues, the road to recovery post-surgery is a long one. During these difficult times, a family member who has prepared for the job and has etched out a transitional care strategy will be able to make a lot of difference to the senior’s quality of life when he or she is healing. 

If you are wondering about how you can make the journey a less painful one, then this blog is for you. Follow these tips to facilitate faster recovery and to offer an environment that promotes healing and their well-being after their long stay in the hospital: 

1) Get the gadgets and the requisite equipment 

Depending on the nature of the surgery, you might have to monitor the senior’s blood pressure every two hours, or perhaps, have him/her use the wheelchair to get around. Before you bring your loved one home from the hospital, ensure that you have all the tools that the health care professionals have prescribed for the senior. At the same time, you might also require home alarm systems so that you are alerted whenever they require your assistance. Instead of postponing these things for the last minute, get them as soon as possible. 

2) Modify your home for the senior

Most emergency readmissions after surgery are usually because of falls and slips at home when the senior is recovering. To avoid such accidents, ensure that you get rid of obstacles such as rugs and floor mats that might cause them to fall. If they have balance and mobility problems, install grab bars near the bed as well as in the bathroom. Also, stairs are a big no-no. If stairs can’t be avoided, then consider getting wheelchair ramps and lifts for their safety. 

3) Drive them to the hospital 

Every week, the senior might need his or her bandages replaced as per the directions of the doctors. Ensure that you do not miss such visits. If possible and if given the green signal by the surgery team, facilitate home visits by a transitional care service health care professional to ensure your loved one’s comfort.  

4) Don’t hesitate to ask for help 

 While providing 24/7 care to a loved one, you might end up feeling exhausted, and even be on the brink of a burnout. After all, with so many medications to keep track of, the responsibility of preparing healthy meals for them, as well as assisting them as they go on about their daily activities—all these are not easy at all. 

 If you feel that you need help, talk to transitional care managers, or hire a caregiver who is experienced in providing post-procedural care. Handling the transition from hospital to home is also quite complicated and arduous. To get it right, contact transitional care managers for guidance. You need not be alone in this! 

 Looking for some expert assistance to facilitate the smooth transfer of a senior from hospital to home? Let us help you with the transition. Call 800-395-2065 for more information.

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