Anyone with an upcoming surgery often worries about what recovery will be like. Seniors may worry about pain management, healing, and how they are going to take care of themselves and their home. Family caregivers that cannot be there all the time for their relatives still want to ensure they are being well cared for. They do this by hiring help for the seniors during their recovery time in the form of home care providers.
Who Needs Post-Surgical Assistance?
Elderly adults that need surgery are presumably dealing with one or more chronic illnesses or conditions. Broken bones, cataracts, diabetes, and many more conditions require aging adults to undergo surgery to fix the problems they face with their health. Anyone who is recovering from a moderate to major surgery will need some type of post-surgical assistance to help them heal faster.
The aging adults who are most likely to need post-surgical assistance share several risk factors in common. They usually live alone at home yet are somewhat dependent on family caregivers. When it comes to chronic conditions, most elderly people are dealing with two or more. This help is quite often needed when it comes to assistance with daily tasks, housework, and transportation. Home care providers are trained to assist elderly adults in their own home, especially with post-surgical needs.
How Home Care Providers Help Seniors After Surgery.
In the first few days following a surgery, most elderly adults are in a daze of pain and discomfort, complicated by pain medication, post-surgery anesthesia effects, and a fluctuating emotional state. Depending on the type of surgery, elderly adults may need assistance just using the restroom. Home care providers can be on hand to help them go to the restroom, change clothing, and move around the house. They can also plan and prepare meals, remind seniors to take their medicine and take care of housework and laundry.
As the aging adult begins to recover, the home care provider’s roles may change and adapt as needed. If the aging adult can resume a few tasks, then the home care provider lets that happen while standing by to help with those duties that are still not recommended or are too difficult. Of course, family caregivers can also assist whenever possible, but they don’t have to worry that their aging relative is unattended and alone during their recovery from surgery.
If family caregivers know that a surgical procedure for their loved one is coming up, they can take an active approach and line up home care providers to be there as soon as their aging relative is released from the hospital. In their post-recovery state, seniors have a professional they can depend on to feel safe, comfortable, clean and fed.