Benefits of In-Home Post-Surgery Care for The Elderly

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Post-surgery care for the elderly is of utmost importance. Whether your loved one has gone through a major surgical procedure or a minor one, after care is imperative as the chances of complications are greater with the elderly population. Research shows that without proper post-surgical care, many elderly patients are readmitted to the hospital. To support elderly patients after surgery, in-home care services provided by Registered Nurses and other allied licensed professionals can be beneficial to the elderly client, in prevention of post-surgical complications and in encouraging a speedy recovery. Complications such as delirium, pneumonia and infections are common in elderly patients post-surgery, and regular assessment by a medical professional is needed during the recovery period. Elderly patients receiving quality and compassionate in-home medical care are able to recover in the comfort of their own home with the support of their family. In addition, other care services such as physiotherapy, companionship, general housekeeping, personal hygiene support, can be selected to meet the needs of the elderly patient.
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In-home care for elderly patients after surgery is important. Rehabilitation services for post-surgery elderly care should focus on both medical and non-medical care. Regular medical assessments are needed to check for complications that may arise after surgery. These can include:
  • Post Anesthesia Delirium: Elderly patients, especially those with dementia, have a high risk of delirium after post  anaesthesia. Therefore, the client mental status needs to be checked frequently post-surgery.
  • Pneumonia: A common complication after surgery, pneumonia can occur when an elderly patient has trouble breathing and is not able fill enough air into the lungs. Mucus that is usually cleared by breathing or coughing accumulates in the lungs resulting in pneumonia. Deep breathing and coughing exercises can help in preventing pneumonia.
  • Infections: Infections such as urinary tract infections and wound infections can be common after surgery. Infection signs and symptoms include fever, swelling, painful wound, etc. Regular assessments of temperature, wound site, etc. can catch infections at an early stage.
  • Pain: Pain management is also an important aspect of post-surgery care. Pain medication is administered based on the level of pain experienced by the client.
  • Exercise and Mobility; Mild to moderate exercise, and moving patients to avoid blood clots, promote healing, and prevents other complications resultant of lack of  activity needed after surgery.  It is important that physical activity be monitored by a physician or a Registered Nurse.
In-home, post-surgery non-medical care for the elderly can meet their requirements for recovering at home. From companionship to general housekeeping, non-medical care can encourage the elderly to recover in the comfort of their own home.

Both medical and non-medical care is needed for elderly patients post-surgery. During the recovery period, in-home medical assessments at regular intervals, combined with non-medical care, offer elderly patients and their families peace of mind in knowing that their loved ones are in good hands.
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