Going through surgeries is not easy since the patient requires a lot of time to recover. The recovery part includes extensive care plan, rest and medical supervision that will help the patient to return to normal day activities.
Depending upon the surgery, many patients will require ongoing assistance until they are capable of doing various activities on their own. You cannot always be present to help the patient since there are other responsibilities to be carried out including job, deadlines and daily chores. Sometimes the loved ones live far away in different states or countries and can pay short visits. But someone has to take care of the patient! This is where home health care services can be of help.
A certified health care assistance can ease the process of recovery by keeping the patient under her/ his supervision while handling his/her day to day tasks. This will give the patient’s family surety that they are safe and comfortable.
Though you have hired the services of a caregiver, yet a patient requires various things in their home to make everything easy.
1) Change their room-
You need to see what kind of surgery they underwent; it could be a joint replacement or a stomach surgery which made it hard for them to climb stairs. If their room is upstairs, you need to make changes and shift them in a lower chamber, for them to walk around to easily.
2) Stock-up the nutritional food-
After the surgery, the doctor may recommend a certain type of diet that demands different food items. So it is your responsibility to stock-up the pantry with all the food items. It will make it easy for the home care service provider to supply them with the right food when you are not around.
3) Get the prescribed medicines-
The doctor may prescribe medicines for the speedy recovery and keeping the internal systems functioning correctly after the surgery. The prescribed medications must be given at the right time in synchronization with the food. These medicines must be kept near the patient and provided by the home caregiver at the required time.
4) Home care equipment-
After a specific type of surgery; the place must have home care equipment for the patient, which includes special gear. The doctor can ask you to get shower seats, elevated toilets, wheelchair, walkers, fully automated adjustable beds and various other equipment for the patient to fulfil day to day needs comfortably. The caregiver can assist the patient in utilising all the facilities while ensuring their safety.
5) Services of a helper-
Initially, the patients have to go through fatigue, changes in their body, leading to other ailments, weakness and a low immune system that can be cured as the time passes with proper care. Till then, caregivers can help them with various things-
- Getting Dressed
- Using Restroom
- Meal Preparation
- Getting in and out of the Bed
- Physical Therapy
- Taking them to See the Doctor