Jul 5, 2018 by Gregg Gammello
Recovering from a knee or hip replacement surgery can be quite challenging for seniors. During the recovery period, it is important for your loved one to have a solid support system consisting of family members, friends, and professional home care assistance. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind after surgery to make sure your parent's recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Make Home Adjustments
Before your senior loved one leaves the hospital, you should make certain changes to their home or at least one room that is to be their recovery room. Ideally, this room should be on the first floor of their home and include a hospital bed, clean linens, comfortable pillows, mobility aids such as a walker, a urinal in case the bathroom is too far away, toiletries, and other essentials they may need at home.
Help with Medications
For your senior loved one to recover from knee or hip replacement surgery and prevent complications, it is of paramount importance that they take their medications as prescribed by their medical team. Home care assistance services typically include medication reminders, so if you opt to hire a professional caregiver, they can help your loved one manage their medications.
Help with Wound Care
After a knee or hip replacement surgery, it is crucial to monitor your loved one's wound for any signs of unwanted changes, such as swelling or inflammation. Wound care also includes changing dressings and bandages and providing medical supplies. Many people opt to receive wound care from professionals, but it is important to keep in mind that not many home care assistance agencies offer medical services, so you may need to hire a home health agency.
Maintain their Household
While they are recovering, your loved one should not have to worry about household chores such as cleaning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, and others. If you are unable to take care of these household tasks, it is good to know that home care assistance also includes help with housekeeping and laundry.
Provide Transportation to Follow-Up Appointments
As your loved one will be unable to drive after a hip or knee replacement surgery, you will need to provide them with dependable transportation to doctor appointments. The best home care agencies offer incidental transportation, so you may want to consider this option if you cannot drive your loved one during work hours.
Encourage Rehabilitation & Exercises
Following a surgery, your loved one may not be too motivated to get out of bed and engage in rehabilitation, so it is vital that you encourage them to go along with their recovery plan so that they could regain their independence more quickly.
Home care assistance can help your loved one with all steps of their recovery after a knee or hip replacement surgery, offering services on a part-time, full-time or 24-hour basis. At Comfort Keepers, we are happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call today to learn how we can help your parent as they recover from a knee or hip replacement surgery.