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Is Postoperative Home Help Necessary?

Postoperative home help is necessary when your loved one could use:

  • Assistance with mobility
  • Washing and dressing assistance
  • Help with their pets
  • Assistance with medication
  • Companion care
  • Extra support
  • Help attending postoperative appointments

Post operative care also provides peace of mind, so you can rest assured your loved one is in good hands.

After an operation, most people are very eager to get home as soon as possible, but some extra help may be needed while they convalesce.

If your loved one is due to come out of hospital following surgery, arranging appropriate home help can allow them to be discharged sooner and to start recovery in their own home.

Why is post operative care at home needed?

There are various reasons why your loved one might need extra help or support at home when they come out of hospital after an operation. For example, limited mobility can be problematic and help with standing, walking and moving about may be needed.

Receiving care in their own home during this period can reduce the risk of falls, and give your loved one the confidence to get moving again. Some level of personal care may also be needed, which a live-in carer can assist with.

Washing and dressing can be difficult in the first days or weeks after surgery. A carer can help with such tasks and other forms of personal care. If you arrange for live-in care when your loved one comes home, not only will the carer help with personal care, they will also carry out any domestic duties that may be difficult or impossible for your loved one to perform.

Carers can also prepare regular nutritious meals, take care of washing and ironing and ensuring that the house is kept clean; all of which can make a real difference to your loved one’s quality of life and enable them to concentrate on their recovery.

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Advantages of postoperative home care

People frequently recover more quickly after an operation when they can enjoy the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Although it is sometimes possible for an older person to receive short term-care in a care home following surgery, they will not benefit from the same level of personalised care as they would receive from companion care at home.

If you arrange for postoperative care at home for your loved one, you can rest assured that the care they receive will be tailored to their individual needs. Postoperative home care can be arranged in advance, so that you can be sure there is no delay when your loved one is due to be discharged from hospital.

It is not usually possible to predict how long your loved one will need the extra support following their discharge from hospital, so another key advantage of this type of elderly care is that it can be completely flexible. If your loved one recovers more quickly than you are expecting, the live-in care service can be shortened, and if they need help for a longer period, the care service can be extended until they can manage alone.

Postoperative care can help with more aspects of recovery. Your loved one may need to attend postoperative appointments and checkups after surgery. A carer can accompany them to the hospital, or drive them there. It is always a good idea to have someone with the patient at an appointment, to help them to remember any instructions they are given or other information they may need and to make notes about them. If you or your loved one have any questions about their condition, these can be written down beforehand, and the carer can help ensure the queries are answered.

Even if your loved one can manage many aspects of their daily life alone, a hospital admission can often reduce an older person’s confidence, and they may not feel as safe, alone in their own home as they did before the operation. Companion care can help with restoring their confidence and having someone there to discuss any problems can also help towards their recovery.

If you or other family members are providing postoperative home care for a loved one, you are likely to need a break. Arranging live-in care allows you to relax and be confident that your parent or loved one is safe and receiving the best one-to-one care possible.

If your loved one is living with dementia, a hospital admission can be very upsetting and disorientating for them, and the sooner they can return to a familiar environment, the sooner they will start to recover. Specialist dementia care can be provided in their home so that all aspects of their postoperative recovery can be facilitated.

After an operation, regular exercises may be needed, and a carer can help your loved one to follow the regime that has been prescribed. A professional carer will understand that supporting them to return to their previous level of independence, rather than doing everything for them, is in the older person’s best interests. A live-in carer can also ensure that any post-surgery medication is taken properly and can collect prescriptions that are needed.

Wound care may also be necessary, and regular observation of any wounds can ensure that any change is reported to the doctor promptly. A carer will also notice anything unusual so that if your loved one’s condition changes due to a postoperative complication, appropriate action can be taken.

Carers who are experienced in postoperative care, stoma care and rehabilitation can be arranged for as long as they are needed.

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