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Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 12:42pm

Post surgery senior in home care is a fast growing need due to the increased number of safe procedures available to the population of advanced age. In home care becomes necessary in many cases due to increased precautions the elderly face following surgery. 

A major factor to consider when a senior is scheduled for surgery is the increased recuperation and healing time that goes along with it, afterward. The body heals much quicker when a person stays off their feet and lowers their stress levels. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for a family member to provide this type of care around the clock and that is where senior in home care plays a major part

Keeping Up on the Meds
Increased medications and appointments are another area that most people don't realize will become a problem with their schedules until after the surgery has occurred. There will be an increased number of post-op appointments the patient will need to attend. This can cause a problem for family members' schedules especially when they include therapy and during the day.

The appointments can be long and require a significant wait time between drop-off and pick-up times. There will also undoubtedly be an increase in medications required after surgery. Your patient will already have enough to deal with and may not be able to also keep up with the new medication regimen they are on, which may change frequently. Having an in-home caregiver is a great way to stay on top of appointments and medications as they are experts at these things. 

The Little Things Add Up
If the senior patient lives alone, then household chores and errands are likely to become a problem. As the patient will need to focus on their recovery, the everyday activities will be placed lower on the priority scale, even though they should not. With in home care, these activities can be completed by the caregivers themselves. There are many different tasks that can be completed depending on the type of care chosen.

Daily activities of life, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding, can become impossible for some seniors following surgery. Specialized caregivers are trained for these exact situations and can provide compassionate care while helping the patient maintain their dignity. 

Seniors are at an increased risk for post-op infection and this is another reason having an in home caregiver is beneficial. You will have a trained set of eyes on yourself or the patient to monitor for signs of infection that doctors or therapists might miss during their regular appointments. 

In home care is something important every family should at least consider when their loved ones – young or old - are scheduled for surgery.  

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