Post-operative care in the home can be highly beneficial for older people recovering from surgery. Read about how it could help you recuperate more quickly.
Surgery recovery can be physically and mentally challenging. Great rehabilitation can help a person heal quicker, and in a way that doesn’t negatively impact their mental health. Getting better in the surroundings we know and love with professional help can help you to get back to normal day-to-day life as quickly as possible and is often more successful than recuperation in the hospital or in a residential care home.
In-Home Care For Post-operative Recovery
In-home carers are specially trained to keep everything as calm and focused as possible for clients following an operation. They instantly provide a wide range of support in the home, including fulfilling tasks such as:
- Coordinating a medication regime
- Helping with medication collection and administering
- Wound care
- Medical team coordination (nurse visits etc)
- Helping clients follow nutritional advice
- Helping clients following lifestyle advice
- Suggesting mobility aids and home adjustments to help with recovery
- Maintaining the house and garden whilst you’re unable to
- Providing pet care whilst you are unable to
- Changing catheters, colostomy bag and stoma care, and other areas of more detailed physical care
- Providing companionship whilst you might be unable to get out much
- Providing care outside of the house whilst you visit friends or family members
With your insight, and the insight of your medical team and your family, you will be able to create a plan that suits your needs. This will leave you free to focus on recovery.
Avoiding Declining Health Following An Illness Or Injury
A Live-in Care Hub report found that every minute, six people aged 65 and over suffer a fall. One of the most devastating injuries that occur as a result of a fall is breaking a hip. Shockingly, a month after suffering a hip injury, 1 in 12 people will die and over half never return home. Falls also account for 30% of the reasons elderly people have to visit A&E.
With live-in care, not only is a person less likely to suffer a fall in the first place, but the well-rounded support provided following illness or injury can help to prevent their health going downhill quickly afterwards.
A carer will focus on recovery and getting their clients back to health as quickly as possible. All too often a person may return home after a hospital stay, and struggle to regain their independence. They might feel depressed because their abilities are different, they may feel they will never be mobile again, they may struggle to adjust to their new way of life. A carer provides physical support so that medically, a person has the best chance of recovery. In addition they provide the emotional support and hope a person needs to want to keep going, to believe in a reason to get up everyday and face their challenges.
In-home care for the elderly when recovering from surgery could be a fantastic addition to your rehabilitation plan, helping you get back to health as quickly as possible.