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In Home Supportive Services: Care After Knee or Hip Replacement

Jul 12, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Make sure your loved one has a safe recovery after knee or hip replacement with in home supportive services

When a senior is recovering from a knee or hip replacement surgery that is a long process that requires love, support, and care from their closest ones. If your senior has recently undergone a knee or hip replacement, these tips can help you take care of your loved one.

A place for Safe Recovery

While your senior is still at the hospital, you need to arrange a recovery room. That way, when your older one comes home, they will have a lovely room to encourage their recovery. The room should contain a bed of the ideal height, comfortable pillows and fresh linens, crutches or a walker, as well as a urinal or bedside commode in case your senior doesn’t have quick and easy access to the bathroom. Also, add your senior’s favorite items to add an inspiring touch to the room.

Medications for Prompt Recovery

Medications are there to facilitate the recovery. That is why your senior must take the medications as their doctor prescribed. It’s a good idea to consult with your senior’s doctor and find out at what times and how many medications your senior needs to take.

Wound Care

Monitoring wound and helping your senior take care of that is also an important part of the recovery process. Check the wound for swelling and inflammation, change dressings and refill your senior’s medical supplies as needed.

Not Missing Doctor Appointments

Every time your senior misses a doctor appointment, that will hinder their recovery. So, providing transportation to doctor appointments is essential.

Household Tasks

One more way to help your loved one recover safely from a knee or hip replacement surgery is to take care of their household chores such as cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and meal preparation. It will mean the world to your loved one.

Encourage Rehab and Exercises

In those moments when your senior hesitates and is unmotivated to participate in their rehabilitation plan, you need to be the one to encourage them. We don’t say this is going to be easy, but it’s vital for your senior’s recovery.

Taking the Advantage of in Home Supportive Services

Providing your senior with the care they need after a knee or hip replacement surgery takes a great deal of time, and much work. For this reason, you should take the advantage of in home supportive services and hire a caregiver to help you out. 

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