How to Care for Your Senior Loved One After their Surgery

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Helping your elderly relative recover post-surgery is a big, meaningful task. Surgery is a fairly common thing for seniors, but because of their age, they are vulnerable. Therefore, there is a call for a little extra attention and care after the operation has been completed ensuring they have the best possible recovery. If you volunteered your time and your home, this guide has some ways to care for your loved one after their surgery. 

Take Notes at the Post-Op Appointment

The surgeon and aftercare team will have a lot of information to give you. Either ask for permission to record so you can refer back to it verbatim, or take a condensed note version of what’s being said in the room. This is the only way that you will definitely remember everything you have to do and what steps are necessary for a full recovery. Everyone always thinks that they will remember, but they don’t so make provisions. 

Consider Hiring Overnight Care

Caring for someone at all hours of the day while juggling your usual routine will quickly become exhausting. That is where overnight home care comes in handy. This service provides a trained and qualified nurse to take on the ‘night shift’ with your loved one, ensuring a high standard of care and monitoring so you can recoup your energy after a long day of caring.

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Adapt Your Space Before They Get Home

It will be far less disruptive to make any required adaptations to your space before your loved one comes out of the hospital. If the room is ready when they arrive, there is significantly less stress to navigate in an already tense situation. Post-surgery, especially on going home day, tension is always in the air, and anything you can do to ease that will be beneficial for all the family. 

Take Time to Listen

Your loved one might be feeling a loss of confidence after they come out of the hospital, and this is normal. Surgery can be an anxiety-inducing time for anyone, and the recovery picture tends to look different and take longer the older the patient is. So, if they come to you with concerns, make sure you listen. Any unusual symptoms should be flagged up with their doctor, and a big part of your new role will be to facilitate comfort, however, that pans out. 

Look After Yourself Too

Making sure you have space to do your own thing is vital for your well-being. Take a moment here and there to go out and see your friend circle, or have a run around the block. Whatever you like to do, don’t neglect it because it is essential that you keep these things close while you are fulfilling the responsibilities in this demanding role of carer. Ultimately, it is a question of maintaining balance because you won’t be able to look after anyone if your own needs are neglected. 

Caring for your senior loved one after their surgery is equal parts rewarding equal parts demanding. Get to know all the specific details of their post-surgery rehabilitation agenda, and keep an open narrative going with their medical team to ensure nothing is missed. 

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