How You Can Help Your Loved One Recover from Knee Surgery
Depending on several factors, patients who undergo knee surgery — especially seniors — may face a series of restrictions and require specific care and assistance.
Some common surgical procedures that may damage a person’s mobility and functions after surgery are:
- Knee replacement surgery
- ACL reconstruction surgery
- Arthroscopic knee surgery
There are several steps you can take prior to your loved one’s surgery to ensure their effective recovery after they get discharged post-surgery.
Get the House Ready
Prepare your loved one’s home for their arrival. This may mean doing things like removing clutter, installing devices such as grab bars in the shower, or using non-slip mats on the floor.
Make sure the room your loved one is moving into is near the bathroom and kitchen, too.
Have Prescriptions Filled
It’s highly likely your loved one will come home with one or two new prescriptions post-surgery. Ask your loved one’s doctor if he/she can prescribe the medications a day before the scheduled operation. That way you can buy the medicine and have it ready at home for your loved one.
Hire the Right Help
In some cases, seniors might need more help than they can get from their family members. Getting help from a professional nurse or caregiver can be highly beneficial in their recovery process.
Not only can they help patients stay on top of their treatments and medications, but they can also provide emotional support for patients who are having a hard time adjusting to their new situation.
Contact Lowenhill Home Care Services to get reliable care and assistance for your loved ones, today!
Encouraging Loved Ones to Schedule a Doctor’s Visit
According to surveys, men are less likely to consult a medical professional about symptoms than women. If your loved one refuses to see a doctor — whether it’s skipping an annual checkup or refusing to get treatment when they’re hurt or sick — you might be worried about how this will affect their overall health and safety.
This Men’s Health Month, encourage the men in your life to make that doctor’s appointment! Here are some techniques you can try:
Approach the Topic with Concern, But Don’t Expect Too Much
Seniors can be extremely stubborn, especially elderly parents who are used to being the authority figure at home. You don’t have to undermine your loved ones when you’re trying to convince them to make a doctor’s appointment. Instead, let them know about your concerns by respectfully and lovingly addressing them in conversation.
Remember to set realistic expectations; there’s no guarantee that your loved one will fold after the first try.
Suggest Other Reasons for a Doctor’s Visit
Sometimes the most obvious reasons won’t be enough to convince your loved one. Discuss with them other possible reasons to pay the doctor a visit and the benefits your loved one can gain.
Offer to Make an Appointment for Them
Some seniors have a difficult time arranging doctor’s appointments, often because of physical or cognitive disabilities that prevent them from doing it.
Luckily for you, we at Lowenhill Home Care Services are more than ready to help.
We can make sure your loved ones make it to their appointments, whether medical or otherwise.
To learn more about our services, please contact us, today!