Caring for someone at home after surgery is an important task, and it needs to be undertaken with care and compassion. Recovering from an illness or ailment after surgery can be a long road, placing a high demand on the caregiver and requiring a special degree of empathy. So how do we aid our loved ones in their recovery? How do we best assist those we care about in their time of need? Here are some tips to help you make the road to recovery smoother.
It can often take a few days for your loved one to regain their appetite after spending time in hospital, especially if the surgery was quite significant. However, it is essential that as soon as they are able to, that they start eating healthy well rounded meals again. A healthy, nutritious diet is essential to giving your body the fuel it needs to start the healing process. Eating well rounded meals will speed up the healing process, keep your loved one full of energy and increase their morale.
Mobilizing your loved one where possible will assist in maintaining good circulation, decrease the chance of bed sores and empower them with a sense of worth. The sooner they start mobilizing the more normal they will feel. Take baby steps at first and don’t push the boundaries too hard, it needs to be a gradual process that allows them to start to get back to normal slowly. Excessively bed rest can lead to bed sores, muscle degradation and constipation. It is essential to their recovery that you try to encourage mobility where possible without over-stepping their limitations.
When returning home after surgery most patients will be released with medications that are important to their recovery, and assist with pain. It is important that you ensure that your family member is taking these medications exactly as prescribed; missing pain medications will lead to increased pain and unnecessary discomfort. Antibiotics and other medications are also essential to stopping infection, each and every medication prescribed serves a desired purpose, and non-compliance will lead to a hindrance of their recovery.
Keep morale high
Recovering from any illness is a tough and demanding task, often one that can make the patient feel depressed and struggling to cope mentally. It is important that you keep your family member’s morale high and keep them mentally active. Try involving them in activities such as reading books, watching movies, going for short walks and puzzles or games. It can be extremely frustrating for anyone to not be able to participate in activities they previously were able to do, so be sympathetic and keep them entertained.
Families are there to pick each other up when we are down, to help us through the hard times and to enjoy the good. So make sure you are the best family member you can and assist your loved one along the difficult road to recovery.
Andy has been blogging about health care and patient care for the last 4 years. When he is not blogging, Andy distributes medical sheepskins to health care centers and nursing homes.