Elderly adults that have surgery are often looking at many weeks and months of recovery. Because they are often slower to heal and are dealing with other chronic illnesses and conditions, they may not be able to live independently as they once did. Depending on age and ability, the elderly adult may need to have family caregivers helping out with day-to-day tasks. However, this can require more time than family caregivers can give. That’s why so many family caregivers are hiring senior care providers for post-surgery recovery assistance for elderly relatives.
There are numerous types of surgery that seniors can have, so a lot depends on what’s happening and what parts of the body are affected. However, there are very few surgeries for seniors that won’t require assistance for at least the short term.
Here are a few reasons why elderly adults will benefit from post-surgery in-home care from a senior care provider.
Transitioning and Positioning
The first few days after surgery are the most difficult, as seniors are enduring fatigue, pain and the after-effects of anesthesia. Their mobility is low, and they may be under a doctor’s orders to remain immobile or to only get up and around with assistance. During this part of the recovery, aging adults usually need help with transitioning from room to room, into bed, into the bathroom, and getting situated and comfortable throughout the house.
Assist With Self-Care
When dealing with discomfort, nausea, pain, and fatigue, many seniors will struggle to provide themselves with basic self-care. From meal preparation and housekeeping to bathing and grooming, the daily tasks may be too much for an elderly person recovering from surgery to do alone. A senior care provider can step in and either do the tasks on behalf of the senior or stand nearby ready to assist.
Recovery from surgery is boring, frustrating and isolating. A senior care provider can be with the elderly adult when other family and friends cannot. They can help the aging adult feel more optimistic and provide encouragement and motivation throughout the day. If a senior care provider is around, the elderly person’s emotional and social needs won’t be neglected.
Surgery takes a lot out of an elderly adult as far as energy and stamina. In addition, many seniors will be restricted from driving while they heal or while they are on pain medication. This can make it extremely difficult to get to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping or the pharmacy. With a senior care provider doing errands on behalf of the elderly adult, all the important tasks can be done without causing strain or stress.
Once family caregivers examine all the advantages of hiring a senior care provider to assist their aging loved one after surgery, it all makes sense. Everyone can enjoy peace of mind when a professional senior care provider is on hand to take care of the elderly adult in a post-surgery recovery at home.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Claremont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203
At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.
As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.
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