Is your aging loved one scheduled for surgery in the near future? If so, you’re probably busy getting things ready for them, from packing a hospital bag to dealing with the insurance companies. However, are you looking to what will happen after the surgery and your elderly loved one is able to return home? Many family caregivers overlook the post-operation recovery time and don’t consider the importance of hiring senior care providers. Not only will senior care providers help with daily tasks, but they can play a big part in effective pain management.
Seniors and Recovering from Surgery
Whether the surgery is large or small, surgical recovery of an aging relative requires special attention from family caregivers. Seniors are often slower to heal due to age-related issues, so even a standard recovery time can stretch out for longer than anticipated. Sometimes there are complications from surgery, such as infections or chronic pain that cause seniors to require extra assistance, even more than they had before.
While recovering, the doctor usually has a list of things that the seniors should and should not do. This can range from lifting things or bending a certain way to taking pain medication and other pills on a strict schedule. They may be on a certain diet or have food restrictions. In some cases, aging adults may not even be able to sit or lay down as they normally would due to the doctor’s post-surgery orders.
To hasten recovery and minimize pain, seniors need support from senior care providers.
Senior Care Providers and Pain Management
There are plenty of things that senior care provider can do to minimize the pain from their surgery. The first is to adhere to the strict schedule of pain medication that the doctor outlined. Taking the right medication at the right time and in the right conditions can help ease the immediate pain from the surgery and the long-term chronic pain that comes with healing. Senior care providers can also help with heat and ice applications as outlined by the doctor for pain management.
Another part of pain management is ensuring that the aging adults are comfortable as they recover. This can include keeping them clean, fed and entertained. Senior care providers are ideal for this kind of work as they are professionals who are experienced in assisting the elderly. From housekeeping and laundry to helping with self-care tasks like grooming and hygiene, senior care providers are definitely an asset to an aging adult who is recovering from surgery. When seniors can focus on resting and healing, they may even shorten their recovery time.
Family caregivers must consider hiring senior care providers to be with their aging loved ones as they go through recovery. Not only will their elderly loved ones have access to exceptional care, they have a supporter who is focused on relieving them from the pain of their recent surgery.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Lakewood, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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