How to Help a Senior Recover at Home After Surgery

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Help a senior recover at home after a hospitalization with these tips.

Recuperating from a surgical procedure does take time, specifically for older individuals. Not only do older bodies require a longer period of time to mend, but there are additional concerns that may arise: reduced mobility, the need to follow a number of directions related to medications, follow-up appointments, and dietary restrictions, just to name a few. It’s important to know how to help a senior recover at home in order to prevent any complications that could lead to a rehospitalization.

Recent research executed by IPC, The Hospitalist Company showed that nearly 20% of discharged patients needed help in one or more areas that had the potential to hinder their recovery. Other comparable studies have revealed that bringing in professional senior care at home during the transition from hospital to home can in fact cut down on hospital readmissions.

As the top provider of in-home senior care in Reno as well as the neighboring communities, Lend a Hand Home Care is here now to aid older individuals with safe transitions home from the hospital. We can get started with post-discharge planning immediately after hospital admission to identify the older person’s needs, ensuring coordinated efforts and continuity of care.

We can collaborate with the hospital care team to create a recovery plan that includes:

  • Ordering any necessary medical equipment
  • Scheduling follow-up appointments
  • Providing a list of all medications being taken, allergies, and dietary restrictions

Once back in the home, we can help with a full selection of customized home care services, such as:

  • Nutritious meals
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Errand-running, such as picking up prescriptions
  • Transportation and accompaniment
  • Monitoring for any changes in condition and reporting them immediately
  • And more

Following is just one illustration of a family we helped with our professional home care services:

Mrs. J’s adult daughter is an especially busy working mom. When Mrs. J required a surgical procedure, her daughter wasn’t sure how she would be in a position to manage her mother’s care after discharge. Lend a Hand Home Care was readily available to assist.

Our home care team was available to make sure that the doctor’s orders were followed, that medications were taken correctly and that no negative effects were experienced. We provided updates after each visit to Mrs. J’s family, ensuring they were advised on the details of her recovery and contacting them immediately if there was any cause for concern. Additionally, we continuously monitored Mrs. J’s care plan for progress toward objectives, and any adjustments in care that were necessary were brought to the medical team’s attention.

We know that the majority of seniors choose to recover in the comfort of home. By working with you and following doctors’ recommendations, Lend a Hand Home Care’s care staff can design a plan that is best for a senior you love.

Our main priority is making the transition from hospital to home a less complicated process, and ensuring that older adults are on the road to recovery. Reach out to us at 775-322-8414 to schedule an in-home consultation to learn more about how we can help.