Recover At Home Safely After Surgery

How to recover at home safely after surgery with a Caregiver assisting

You can make your recovery at home go a lot smoother if you take a little time to plan ahead. Ask your doctor what you won't be able to do at first while you're healing up, and get help from friends and family to prepare your living space.

Do I need to make changes to my house?


 
This depends on what kind of operation you have. If it's a complicated one, like a joint replacement or stomach surgery, you may need to tweak a few things:

Stairs. If you can't climb up and down them after your surgery, you might have to make some changes. For instance, if your bedroom is upstairs, you may need to sleep on a lower floor for a while. Ask your friends or family to move your bed before you go into the hospital, or check into renting a hospital bed if you need it.

Stock your pantry. Ask your doctor if you have to stick to a certain diet. Make sure you're well supplied with the right food before you get back home. Your Visiting Angels Caregiver is there.

Since you may feel tired during your recovery, prepare some meals before your operation and put them in the freezer.

Equipment. After some types of surgery, you'll need to get special gear at home. Plan ahead if your doctor tells you that you need oxygen tanks, elevated toilets, shower seats, supplies to care for your cut, or other items. Get in touch with your insurance company to see if they're part of your coverage. Your Visiting Angels Caregiver is there.

How can I stay safe at home?

You need to be careful about falling after an operation. "People get dizzy because they haven't eaten for a few days and from being in bed," says Frederick L. Greene, MD, a surgeon in Charlotte, NC.

You may need to get a walker or crutches to cut down your risk of a spill. Also try these tips to avoid stumbling:

  • Sleep in a bedroom near a bathroom.
  • Place night lights in hallways.
  • Get rid of the clutter in your home.
  • Wear flat shoes or slippers.
  • Have a Visiting Angel there to assist you

Your best course of action is to make sure that your Visiting Angels Caregiver is there!

Should I need to hire someone to help me?

Surgery can be a big deal. Sometimes it can sap your energy for days or weeks afterward. You may need some help from your family or a health care professional. You won’t need to worry because Visiting Angels Garden Grove is fully staffed and ready to provide the care you or your loved one may need.

What complications do I need to look for?

Sometimes you can have a setback after an operation. If you spot trouble early, though, you can help avoid some serious problems. Be on the lookout for these warning signs:

  • Fever
  • Pain that gets worse over time
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Nausea and vomiting that don't go away
  • Racing heartbeat

Your recovery will go quicker than you think. If you've done your homework and made plans in advance, you can look forward to a quick and safe return to your regular routine.

Medical Opinions Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on November 08, 2018

After Surgery Care Services Provided By Visiting Angels Garden Grove

Recover in the Comfort of Your Own Home

After a surgery, who will ensure that your transition back to living at home will go smoothly and safely? Once you’ve been discharged from the hospital, your risk of falls, mismanaged medications, and failure to meet dietary needs can greatly increase. With Visiting Angels Garden Grove, you can feel confident that there is a plan in place to help you or your loved one make the after-surgery care transition successfully.

Have questions about your after surgery care? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced team. Call (714) 379-4546 or contact us online.

Planning for Your Home Care

Our team of after surgery care experts knows the right questions to ask your discharge planner, nurse or surgical coordinator, so we can create a personalized care plan that meets all your needs. We specially train every member of our post op care team in the transition that occurs when patients are discharged from the hospital to their homes, and we are here for you through every step of that process. We strive to provide first-rate care during your recovery.

Why Choose Visiting Angels Garden Grove?

Our team is ready to help your recover comfortably in your home, and our personalized services are designed just for your needs. We’re here to meet a number of post-surgery care needs, so you can focus on your post op care and recovery. We want to ensure our caregivers are accessible to you when you need them, which is why we are here to answer your call 24/7.

Our caregivers can assist with:

  • Following discharge orders
  • Transportation to your home and your appointments
  • Prescription pickup, grocery shopping, and other errands
  • Medication reminders
  • Meal preparation
  • Communication with healthcare providers and loved ones

You can count on our Visiting Angels Garden Grove to be there for you. Call (714) 379-4546 to discover the difference of having a  Visiting Angels experience today.

Planning for Your Home Care With Visiting Angels. Our team of care experts knows the right questions to ask your discharge planner, nurse or surgical coordinator, so we can create a personalized care plan that meets all your needs. We specially train every member of our care team in the transition that occurs when patients are discharged from the hospital to their homes, and we are here for you through every step of that process. We strive to provide first-rate care during your recovery.

 

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