Rehabilitation after major surgery is taxing for even the healthiest of patients. For seniors, recovering from can be especially challenging. Pre-existing medical condition and other age-related health risks can slow the healing process. In fact, according to a study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, one in five senior patients are readmitted to the hospital within a month after the initial discharge. Check out these tips to aid you in your recovery or help you care for a senior undergoing surgery.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
This should be self explanatory but many patients experience temporary moments of increased mobility and decide to skip rehab sessions or medications. Still others will push themselves beyond their limits and cause additional harm to their health. It’s recommended that the patient take a trusted friend or family member to post-op appointments to help keep track of the doctor’s instructions.
Prepare In Advance
If the patient’s surgery will limit mobility — such as knee or hip replacement surgery — it helps to prepare his home to make getting around post- surgery easier. For example, clear paths between rooms of furniture or other obstacles. Place a lamp beside the bed and lower hanging clothes to the bottom racks of the closet. You might even rearrange kitchen pantry and cabinet shelves to make meal preparation easier.
In-home caregivers like Caregivers by Wholecare can offer a much needed respite for caregivers as well as an extra set of eyes to monitor the patient’s recovery progress. Caregivers can provide transportation to and from rehab and doctor’s appointments. They can also assist with everyday tasks, such as bathing and dressing and meal preparation, made more difficult by the surgery.