You have probably heard or read about the numerous exercises, eating plans, and physical therapy that will be important to your parent after hip surgery. What you may be surprised to hear is that the companionship and care that is provided within the first two weeks post-surgery can make a great deal of difference in their recovery.
How to Help.
Post-surgery, there will be limitations placed upon your parent’s movement. They will be instructed not to bend, which means not flexing their hip beyond 90 degrees or adducting it past their midline. This restricted movement will limit their ability to care for themselves. Supplying them with items such as reach extenders and sock helpers can make the process easier. Other items to consider include a bench for the shower, a pincher to pick things up off the floor, and a basic walker.
Distraction may be a key element in their recovery process. This may include crossword puzzles, games, magazines and shared meals—anything to take your loved one’s mind off of the pain and discomfort. Pain management plays an important part in your role as caregiver. If they have been provided pain medication, make sure they take it at the appropriate time and in the right dose.
A physical therapist will visit your parent for a few days a week following post-surgery until they are able to get to outside visits. They will also recommend certain exercises be performed on the days they are not there. This is a very important part of your parent’s rehabilitation. Help them by scheduling this activity into their daily routine and encourage them as they perform the exercises.
There are a few items that you can provide for them around the house that will help make the healing transition easier. These include a raised toilet seat, grab bars by the toilet and in the shower, and a portable bed downstairs that is set to the right height.
Home Care Provider.
Healing takes time and it will take four to six weeks before your parent can drive. Obtaining the services of a home care provider during this time helps your parent’s healing process in several ways.
- They can assist with everyday activities that will be difficult for your parent to perform.
- They can remind your parent when it’s time to take their medications, supply ice packs and help keep them comfortable.
- They can supply the companionship that takes one’s mind off the pain and on to the recovery process.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from home care in Orinda, CA, contact the caregivers at A Better Living Home Care Agency. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care. Call 925-566-2366 for more information.