Postoperative care can improve rehabilitation and allow your loved one to live safely as they heal and regain their independence.
What is postoperative care?An operation can help to combat disease, decrease pain and improve health and wellbeing. However, after any surgical procedure, recovery will take time. A helping hand can boost confidence, improve rehabilitation and allow your loved one to live safely as they recuperate.
From hospital to homeLeaving the hospital ward can trigger feelings of relief but often this can be mixed with more than a little apprehension. It’s only natural, after having access to around-the-clock nursing care; it can be frightening to go it alone. Fear of pain, problems with mobility and falls, and anxiety about being able to cope with the activities of daily living are all understandable. Postoperative care, tailored to your individual rehabilitation needs, can help provide the support with your loved one's needs as they get back on their feet.
What is postoperative care?Postoperative care is the support given after any surgical procedure. It starts in the recovery room of the operating theatre, continues on the ward and then on into the home. The care needed will depend on the nature of the operation as well as your loved one’s health and function. It typically includes pain control, wound care, support to move, use the toilet and feed and care for oneself.
What will it involve?The type of care needed will depend on your loved one’s individual needs, and preferences, and your budget. It may be better for them to spend a few weeks in a nursing home or sheltered residential facility as they regain their strength. Alternatively, a carer can be employed to come into their home for a period of time, to help with chores, provide practical support and offer some company and a friendly face while they focus on getting better.
When is post-discharge care arranged?Post-discharge planning takes time. No one should be discharged from the hospital before they are considered to be medically fit, have had an assessment of care needs and received a written care plan setting out the support that has been put in place to ensure your loved one can live safely. This may involve:
- family support
- district nurses
- social workers
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists