Does your elderly loved one need to have surgery? If so, depending on what the surgery is, they are going to need anywhere from a couple of days to weeks of recovery time. In some cases, it may be even longer than that.
It is important that have someone to help them with their recovery process. You could hire an elder care provider to assist them. However, it is still beneficial for you to know ways to help with your elderly loved one’s surgery recovery process.
Creating a List of Things Your Elderly Loved One Needs
If you are going to hire an elder care provider to help your loved one after their surgery, it would be helpful if you made them a list of things they need. Some of the things that your elderly loved one may need include the following:
- Healthy foods and snacks
- A cane or walker (if prescribed or recommended by their doctor)
- Compression socks
If these items are brought to your elderly loved one’s home before they get home from surgery, things will be a lot easier once they are home.
Preparing Their Home
If you want to make it easier for your elderly loved one when they get home from surgery, it is important to get their home ready. This might include the following:
- Cleaning their house
- Moving the furniture around to make it easier for them to get around
- Stocking the fridge and cupboards with food
- Removing any obstacles that may be in the way
- Put remote controls, books, and phones where they can be easily reached
- Take out any rugs that they could easily slip on
- Make a bed for them on the 1st floor of the house
If these things are done before your elderly loved one comes home from the hospital, they will be able to start their recovery and do better throughout their recovery.
Getting Them to Appointments for Follow-Ups
It is also important that someone is able to take your elderly loved one to any follow-up appointments they have with their surgeon or doctor. You can have their elder care provider do this if needed.
Knowing About All Restrictions
People who have just had surgery are usually going to have some restrictions. It is important that someone talks to the surgeon or doctor to find out what restrictions your elderly loved one is going to have when they go home. San Luis Obispo Caregivers can be there to make sure your loved one is following through with all restrictions.
These are some of the ways that you can help your elderly loved one to recover well from their surgery. If they follow these tips, the recovery process can go much smoother.
Opportunity to Talk about Future
Surgeries tend to get your parent’s attention. It can be an opportunity to talk to your parent about their wishes for the future. Many of us want to stay home, but at some point, it may not be practical. Give David a call at (805)748-2614 to discuss the different care and living options that might be best for your loved one.