Recovery after a medical procedure or hospitalization may require more comprehensive care than a family member can provide full time. Also, some individuals may have no nearby family or friends who are able to offer the necessary support. Neighborly Home Care can offer 24 hour home care services when needed and our private duty recovery care provides extra attention and assistance to those who have recently undergone surgery or have had other health complications. Our caregivers can be with you or your loved ones throughout the critical recovery period.
Challenges of Recovering After Medical Procedures for Seniors
Rehabilitation after a medical procedure can be complicated for anyone, and most especially for seniors. They must get the proper care post-surgery/other medical procedures for many reasons.
Post-Surgery Recovery Time
One reason is that physical recovery takes extra time for them. Older adults take longer to heal and recover from surgery than younger adults. They are also at an increased risk of complications. Seniors can feel stiff or immobile depending on their surgery, even more so if they already have mobility issues and need help moving around their home.
Mental/Emotional Challenges After Surgery
In addition to physical challenges, seniors can also face mental difficulties after surgery. For example, some older adults who undergo surgery can develop a sense of loneliness due to feeling isolated from friends and family. Companionship and staying in touch with their social circle are vital. Seniors can also have challenges getting enough mental stimulation and activity, either because of existing diseases like Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, side effects of prescribed medication post-operation, or other factors. Keeping your loved ones mentally active and stimulated during the recovery process is essential, as is emotional and social support. These needs can be provided through 24 hour home care services.
Services Included in Recovery Care
The most crucial aspect of recovery care services is being present. An outside caregiver can provide you or your loved one with undivided attention, allowing the focus to be on providing the support necessary for a full recovery. Though our providers are unable to administer nurse services like wound care or medication administration, they can assist with many other needs, including:
Need Assessment and Care Plan
Our provider will visit you and your loved one to discuss the anticipated needs. Then, they will assess the situation and develop a plan that will address all of those needs, whether your loved one needs 24 hour home care services or only part-time coverage.
After surgery, patients are often instructed to maintain bed rest. This condition requires them to have someone who can prepare and serve meals and beverages. Our caregivers will follow dietary restrictions and prepare healthy meals appropriate to the recovery plan.
Restroom and Catheter Assistance
After surgery, patients may be unable to go to the restroom independently. They may be hampered by recovering wounds, or if they are taking medications, walking around without assistance may be unsafe. Our caregivers are trained to assist clients with restroom needs or, in the event a client has a catheter, to help them manage those needs.
Patients may also have difficulties traveling if they need to after surgery. Even if an adult who had surgery can remain in their home, someone still needs to run errands, such as buying groceries or picking up medications. Neighborly Home Care can provide safe transportation from a hospital or facility, and to scheduled follow-up appointments and physical therapy sessions. We can also handle many errands on their behalf if mobility issues prohibit them from traveling. In addition, our caregivers have specific training in assisting the elderly, which most public ride-share services lack.
Companionship & Communication
Depending on the procedure or surgery involved, recovering patients can experience melancholy or become frustrated because they are unable to do specific tasks or activities they could previously do, like visiting their friends or family. The caregivers at Neighborly Home Care can provide companionship and engage in meaningful activities that the client enjoys. We can also provide communication to keep you and your loved ones’ medical professionals updated on their recovery status.
Neighborly Home Care Offers Part-Time or 24 Hour Home Care Services
These can be trying times for family caregivers because recovery after hospitalization can be a long process that often requires more time than family members can dedicate while still maintaining their own jobs and other responsibilities. Contact Neighborly Home Care to learn about our hospital stay and recovery care services, which may include 24 hour home care services if needed.