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Recovering from surgery without help isn’t easy. Most people underestimate how much their life changes post-surgery. The senior care consultants at Adult Care Advisors identify some of the major challenges your senior parent is likely to face when recovering from surgery:

  • Be prepared for a longer-than-expected recuperation and recovery time. Even straightforward procedures such as knee-replacements and appendix removal can have complications, side-effects take longer to heal – every patient and every surgery is a unique case. 
  • Is your senior parent willing and able to ask for help when needed? After a surgery, your senior parent is going to need help for a number of things; from basic tasks such as cleaning, dressing and eating to more complex tasks such as changing the bandages or administering the required medication. He/she will also need suitable equipment such as a wheelchair or a walker to assist with mobility. Keep all of this in mind.
  • What is your emergency plan of action? Many patients, especially senior adults in an independent living situation end up in hospital as a result of an accident or emergency. Finding support services, equipment and a quality senior care community is going to be a stressful, rushed process – you need to make the best choice for your parent’s senior care needs.

For optimal recovery, patient safety and high quality post-surgery care, consider short term care for your senior parent. For complete peace of mind for both you and your senior parents – don’t wait until after the emergency happens! Start the senior care planning process early. And make sure you involve them in the planning, so that they are aware and comfortable knowing how they will be attended to in case of an emergency.

For advice and information on short term care for your senior parent post-surgery, get in touch with our team of adult care consultants today.

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