Post Operative Care Tips for Seniors at Home

Post Operative Care Tips for Seniors at Home

Having a surgical procedure is stressful, even though it often brings positive outcomes. In the meantime, however, it’s normal to experience pain, discomfort and physical limitations. Fortunately, there are ways to ease this stress and work toward a healthy and successful recovery.

Below are some post operative care tips to help seniors recover safely in the comfort of home.

Make a List of Necessary Items

Start by making a list of the items you’ll need while you’re at home recovering. Most doctors provide this information beforehand. For example, if you’re having hip replacement surgery, you’ll need a walker or cane. Also fill your medications in advance so that they are ready for you when you arrive home. Scrambling at the last minute only makes things more stressful.

Set Up a Comfortable Space

Make your space comfortable so that you can rest and recover. Keep essential items within reach, such as a phone, medication, water bottle and pen/notepad. This eliminates the need to keep getting up. Also consider the air flow and noise level of your space. For instance, blackout shades and a noise machine can help with daytime rest.

Enlist Help from a Home Care Service

Home health services are a saving grace for those who are recovering at home. They can help with a wide range of tasks, such as bathing and dressing. Everything is personalized to your individual needs and the type of procedure you had. Your home health nurse will even safely get you out of bed to move around, which is also good for your recovery.

Prep Meals in Advance

It’s also helpful to prep meals in advance, or schedule a meal delivery service for a temporary time. Just make sure that the meals are frozen and ready to eat, as some require you to prepare and cook the ingredients. Doing this not only prevents you from going hungry but also ensures you get the right nutrients for recovery.

VNA Health offers a wide range of in-home healthcare services to make your post operative recovery safer and easier, such as visiting physician services (for homebound patients), home health services and specialty services like wound management. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one during the post op recovery phase.

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