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Care After Surgery

Often times, we see a need for home care after surgery. When you seek out in home care for yourself or a loved-one post operation, it is a good idea to make sure you know what you will need. Falling becomes a much greater risk after an operation, and it is important to have things in place before you head in to the hospital. Other dangers, such as mismanaged medications after a surgery, are important to keep in mind as well.

Here are some steps to take to ensure that the home care received after surgery will go as planned:

  1. Meet the caregiver before you go into the hospital to see if this is the right match. We can work with you to set up a meet and greet pre-operation.
  2. Make sure to get a copy of the plan of care from your doctor or discharge coordinator. It will help you know what kind of care to seek out.
  3. Get set up for things like grocery and medication delivery to occur as you heal so that you can focus on getting back to normal and not trying to establish these routines after surgery.
  4. You may need special equipment such as temporary toilet grab bars, a walker, or a wheelchair, that a caregiver can help get set up and adjusted to your preferences before you come home from the hospital.
  5. Establish communications protocols with your caregiver so that additional care can be coordinated with family and friends who may want to check in on you.

Every surgery—eye surgery, heart surgery, joint replacement, and more—will have different needs and healing timelines. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider ahead of time and learn what type of home care support will be beneficial and how long to expect you will benefit from an in-home caregiver.

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