In many cases, it is very possible to recover from surgery in the comfort of your own home. However, you will need to ensure the correct support is in place to make sure your transition back home goes smoothly.
It is important to ask your doctor what tasks you will not be able to perform whilst you are initially recovering, what the typical progression of healing is and then enquire about post-operative homecare to be prepared for your arrival.
The changes you may need to make to your home environment depend largely on what type of operation you are undergoing as well as what your recuperation needs will be. A common challenge for post-operative patients is managing stairs and entrances/exits. For example, if your bedroom is upstairs, you may want to make sleeping arrangements on the first floor until you can climb the stairs again. Furthermore, you may benefit from installing additional grab bars and railing in your home. Some surgeries may also require you to have special equipment at homes such as chairs and lifts, oxygen tanks or other home medical equipment. The equipment needed for your post-operative care will be explained by your doctor.
Tips to prepare your home for a safe recovery:
The last thing you would want is to have a fall setback all your recovery. Take the time to consider what changes will make your home a safe place.
Many people lose their appetite after surgery. However, staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet can help promote healing.
After surgery, your doctor may recommend a special diet or additional dietary supplements. Ask about what diet should be maintained.
Sometimes you may have a setback after an operation. If you spot trouble early, though, you can help avoid some serious problems. Be on the lookout for these warning signs:
At Cavendish Homecare, we provide Post-Operative Care utilising the clinical skills and experience of Registered Nurses and Carers. We are aware of the specialist’s needs of care for all operations and the complications which can occur during recovery, such as blood clots caused by inactivity. Our Registered Nurses can assist with taking prescribed medications and check up on how you are feeling while monitoring the healing of surgical wounds to spot any signs which may be of concern.
If you are looking for Post-Operative Care at home, please contact us to see how we can assist your recovery. Our Registered Nurses can personalise your care to suit your individual needs during your convalescence.