If you have an elderly mom or dad that is facing surgery soon, you should consider hiring a home care provider to assist with their recovery care. Although you may be willing to help out as much as you can, chances are you don’t have the time or ability to provide them with the level of care they need for a healthy and safe recovery. Hiring a home care provider can really benefit your aging parent as they deal with recovering from surgery.
Underestimating Post-Surgical Care
Too many family caregivers make the mistake of thinking that post-surgical care is going to be easy. They think it might include fixing a few meals, renting a few movies and driving their loved one to the doctor for appointments. However, taking care of an elderly adult as they recover from surgery requires so much more care than that.
Seniors have a more difficult time recovering from surgery, due to physical limitations of age. If they are dealing with another health issue as well, recovery could be delayed even more. Add in the normal demands of caring for an elderly adult and in no time, family caregivers find themselves overwhelmed and burned out. You can avoid this and hire a home care provider to help take care of your elderly mom or dad.
How Home Care Providers Can Help
When it comes to recovering from surgery, seniors often need plenty of help with the basics. Depending on the operation and their abilities, seniors may even need help getting in and out of bed, going from room to room and sitting up and down. Loss of balance and dizziness can also affect how elderly adults get around safely in their own home. A home care provider can be a steady arm that assists seniors in recovering at home.
Seniors will most likely need help with basic self-care tasks, especially in the first days and weeks of their recovery. Home care providers are trained to assist with bathing, showering, dressing and grooming. As the aging adult gains more ability in the weeks and months after the surgery, they can do more for themselves and the home care provider only steps in when needed.
There can be a lot of complications that arise in the time after a surgery. Seniors need to take certain medications on time to help in that recovery. They can also develop problems with their health that may need a doctor’s attention. A home care provider can keep an eye out for anything unusual and remind the elderly adult about their medication schedule. If something physical or emotional is going on, the home care provider can let family members know what they have observed.
Thanks to advances in medical technology, patients of all ages and conditions are operated on and discharged fairly quickly, leading to the need for quality care in the home. If your aging parent needs surgery and wants to recover at home, you should seriously look into hiring a home care provider that can really help them on the road to healing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.