Whether it is your mother, father, or even a grandparent, surgery can be hard on those who are aging. Following a surgical procedure, it isn’t unusual for those who are elderly to experience confusion or even delirium upon coming home, as anesthesia, being cooped up in a hospital room for days, and even some medications can result in a heightened state of anxiety and uncertainty. At Care Indeed, our Bay Area hospital to home recovery care makes it easier on your family, and your loved one following a surgical procedure.
As a caregiver, there are certain things you can do yourself to help your elderly loved one better adjust to being back home, and lessen confusion. These include:
- Having friends and family visit
- Making eye glasses, dentures, and other personal items available
- Having a calendar, clock, and watch present can reduce disorientation
- Ensuring pain medications are given on the prescribed basis, and not more often
- Helping ensure a good night’s sleep with as few interruptions as possible
We realize that there are many tasks that must be seen to when an aging loved one transitions from the hospital to home. While family members often take care of these tasks, there are situations in which extra help is needed. Most of us work, and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. You may need assistance with non-medical issues including laundry, meal preparation, assistance with personal hygiene, errands, and other tasks. This is where a home caregiver really comes in handy, and takes some of the stress off of family members.
Other areas of focus following a surgical procedure may include:
- Assistance with management of multiple medications
- Providing mental stimulation and activity
- Light housekeeping
- Taking the patient to doctor’s appointments or social events
- Helping with pet care
- Assistance with reading, or getting into bed at night
- Providing a balanced diet and adhering to dietary restrictions
- Assistance with exercises to improve range of motion and flexibility
Aging post-operative patients have many needs, and their mental/physical health must be preserved and promoted throughout the healing process. At Care Indeed, our Bay Area transitional care professionals are here to make the transition from hospital to home easier and less stressful on not only the patient, but your family as well.