Your mom needs surgery. She has a cyst that her doctor wants to biopsy. She may need heart surgery for a blockage. She fractured her hip and it requires surgery. Any surgery should be carefully planned to ensure she has help after the procedure. No matter why she needs surgery, it’s important to support her when she returns home. Many surgeries are done as outpatient procedures, so she won’t be in the hospital for long. Back at home, she needs people, such as companion care at home providers to help her.
Recovery Times Depend on the Surgery
A minor surgery won’t have your mom sidelined for as long as major surgery. But, even minor surgery can leave your mom in pain for a few days. If your mom has hip replacement surgery, she’ll be told to avoid lifting heavy items for several weeks. She shouldn’t be doing the housework.
If your mom has a cyst or suspicious mole removed, she’ll still have the doctor’s instructions to avoid lifting items and to keep the bandage dry. She can’t do things that might pop the stitches.
After any surgery, the pain may not be too bad on the first day. Inflammation picks up on the second and third days. Your mom may need more over-the-counter pain medications on those days. Have someone available to remind her when she can take another pill.
Her doctor may have her alternate between acetaminophen and ibuprofen every few hours. That can be hard to keep track of. Companion care at home aides can help with reminders.
Help With Household Chores and Meals
Your mom’s going to need to rest as much as possible for a few days. Someone needs to cook meals and prepare snacks. She needs someone to get her water or her other favorite beverage.
Can she drive after surgery? If not, a caregiver can drive her to follow-up appointments. Her caregiver can run errands, bring her shopping, and pick up prescription refills. If your mom needs help placing online grocery orders, her caregiver can help her.
She can’t do the housework. Hire companion care at home providers to clean her home by vacuuming, washing dishes, and doing the laundry. Her caregiver can make her bed, change the sheets to remain sanitary, and fluff pillows. When the laundry is done, her caregiver can move it to the dryer and fold it when it’s ready. Have the caregiver put clean laundry away, too.
Hire Companion Care at Home Aides As Soon As Possible
When you know the surgery is scheduled, arrange caregivers as soon as you can. You’ll want time to make the arrangements your mom needs. Hire caregivers by calling our agency. Ask about companion care at home services and get prices and schedules. Call today with your questions and to learn more.