Post-surgical recovery can be frustrating: Activities you or your loved one are used to doing solo can become more challenging and may require help from family or friends. Doing too much too soon, not following a doctor’s medical advice, or skipping rehabilitation appointments can also be a recipe for re-injury or rehospitalization.
While there are a lot of logistics to balance ahead of a significant surgery, planning for after care with an in-home caregiver shouldn’t be overlooked. Having a professional caregiver or team of professional caregivers on board can help guide a smooth recovery, helping you stay on track with rehabilitation and removing the temptation to step outside your limits, whether that’s moving around the house, driving, or exercising.
Eye surgery, including cataract and cornea surgery
Orthopedic surgery, such as hip or knee replacements
Spinal surgery, including slipped discs or spinal fusion
Tandem Careplanning has highly-vetted professional caregivers who can provide specialized post-operative care for the weeks and/or months that you need them. Your dedicated caregiver can help as much or as little as needed, ensuring you maintain your independence while getting the support you need in the comfort of your own home.
The good news is that the physical limitations we face after surgery are almost always temporary. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the critical post-surgical recovery window can bring an increased risk of falls, trouble remembering to take medication, or difficulty with daily activities, like preparing meals, going to the bathroom, or getting groceries. Just because you’ve had surgery, doesn’t mean all the other tasks and responsibilities in your life stop. It can also bring about a level of concern with friends and family, who want to know that the person recovering is cared for and doing well.
Tandem’s caregivers go through specialized training and can help with everything from meal prep to checking vital signs, medication management, wound care, and physical rehabilitation. Ultimately, the type of home care you will need depends on the type of surgery you or your loved one is receiving. We're available 24/7 to make sure you are satisfied with your personal home care solution.
Having surgery can change your home life dramatically. Previously simple tasks, such as walking up and down the stairs or going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, can become scary and exhausting. By planning for after surgery home care before you get surgery, your family can strategize for you or your loved one’s post-operative care and avoid possible complications.
Key questions to consider about recovering from surgery at home:
How long will you be in the hospital?
What supplies or equipment will you need to use when you get home?
How will you or your loved one eat, clean, and wash themselves?
Will there be any restrictions on your activities?
When can you resume regular activities, such as exercise and work?
Thinking about these questions proactively before surgery can help you or your loved one return home safely on the path to recovery. One important consideration is whether or not you or your loved one will need an in-home caregiver for activities of daily living. And who will fill in this role?
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