Home Care Blog>In Home Care | July 16, 2018
Senior Care after Knee or Hip Replacement | Recovering from a knee or hip replacement surgery can be very tough for the seniors. The good news is that there are some ways that can make the recovery process more bearable. Those seniors who receive support and care from family members usually have fewer problems during the recovery period than those who don’t.
So, if you’re planning to become a family caregiver of a senior who’s undertaken a hip or knee replacement surgery, here are some rules you should follow!
Arrange a Recovery Room
This is a task you need to take senior care of even before your senior is released from the hospital. If possible, the recovery room should be on the ground level on the home, with easy access to the toilet. There should be a bed in the room, with clean bedding.
Learn Everything about Medication Management
In order to recover from a surgery, seniors will need to take the right medication at the right time. And it’s your job as their family caregiver to ensure they get take the medication as prescribed by their doctor.
Another task you will have to learn to perform is wound care. In order for the wound to heal properly, it needs to be treated on a regular basis. Some of the things you will have to perform in order to ensure that the wound doesn’t get infected are treating it with solutions prescribed by the doctors, put bandages over it, and so on.
Take Care of Daily Living Tasks
Despite the fact that post-surgery care requires the family senior care caregiver to work really hard, it doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to neglect other tasks. Your senior needs to live in a clean environment, meaning that you will have to deal with daily household tasks, as well.
Even though your senior will recover from the surgery at home, they will probably need to go to the hospital from time to time. And it’s your duty as a family caregiver to arrange transportation.
As the process of recovery passes, the senior will have to start with rehab exercises meant to bring them to their previous physical state. You will have to encourage them to perform these exercises, even if they may feel difficult or the senior.
As you can see, caring for a recovering senior is a serious work. If you’re afraid that you won’t be able to manage it, a good idea is to hire a professional caregiver to help you out.
At Comfort Keepers®, we create individual care plans for every client. These plans include wellness goals that consider physical, mental and emotional health. Our caregivers can help support physician-prescribed diet and exercise plans, provide medication reminders, provide transportation to appointments and help seniors engage in the activities they love the most. And, our caregivers can help senior stay connected with loved ones through video chats, phone calls and care updates. We believe that every senior should experience the best in life.