How Home Care Helps After a Total Hip or Knee Replacement
If you or a loved one has had a total hip or knee replacement, or has surgery scheduled for the near future, then you’re likely planning for a lengthy recovery time. At Maison Healthcare, our home care in Naples is designed to help those recovering from surgery get the assistance they need with personal tasks, such as bathing and grooming, along with homemaking and companionship needs.
Following a hip or knee replacement, a person will likely have very limited mobility, which is where home care can prove extremely beneficial. If you’d like to learn more about our services, please contact us today!
Who Qualifies for Home Care?
It is often senior citizens who have hip and knee replacements, and recovery times can vary based on the person’s age, health, and the type of surgery they had. Those who have had surgery can be a good candidate for home care, as they may not need to be in a hospital or nursing home for their recovery, but they still need some assistance. Our team can meet with you or your loved one to determine what level of care is needed, as well as what specific services are required.
If you’re not sure where to start searching for home care, we can provide you with the information and resources you need to make the best decision. It can make a world of difference for someone recovering from surgery to be in their own home instead of a nursing home or hospital, where they are just one of many residents or patients.
What Home Care Can Help With
Following a hip or knee replacement surgery, a person might be spending a lot of time in bed, since walking can be difficult and even painful. This means even doing the most basic tasks, such as dressing and getting to the bathroom, can be challenging. Home care can help with a variety of needs, including mobility assistance, medication reminders, and repositioning the patient in bed to avoid bedsores.
Along with personal needs, a home care aide can offer assistance with household chores such as light cleaning, running errands, and cooking meals. We want to go beyond the physical needs of the patient and help them feel at ease with the state of their home. Home care also provides companionship, which can be vital to a person’s recovery following hip or knee surgery.
For those who have had surgery, there are certain things that need to be done, such as daily exercises, in order to avoid readmission to the hospital. Blood clots are a particularly common issue following surgery, and our home care experts can help with physical activity that reduces the risk of blood clots and other complications. It’s imperative to promote proper blood flow, and a home care expert can walk with the person, or simply help them pump their legs and feet to keep the circulation going.
Readmission can also occur if a person who is recovering from surgery falls or moves in the wrong way and injures themselves. The person may want to be in their own home instead of a nursing home or rehab facility, but it’s necessary to have the proper help when moving around the house or simply getting out of bed. This is where home care can be extremely helpful, as one of our nurses can make sure they are to help the patient move safely from the bed to the bathroom, from the bed to the kitchen, or wherever they’d like to go.
Those recovering from surgery can be prescribed several medications to help with pain, swelling, and more. A doctor may prescribe aspirin or Coumadin to keep the blood thin in order to avoid clotting, and a patient has to keep track of all their medications and when to take them. It can be very dangerous if the medications get mixed up or the wrong dosage is taken, and a home care nurse can help the patient keep everything straight.
It may also be necessary for a person recovering from surgery to take their medication in the middle of the night. Our home care expert can be there to wake the patient up and ensure the proper dosage is taken to help with pain and discomfort, or any other issue. On that same note, if a patient is unable to sleep due to pain, a home care nurse can provide the right medication at the right time to help the person sleep and rest comfortably throughout the night.
If you or a loved one is having hip or knee surgery in the near future, please reach out to us today to learn more about home care in Naples. Our caregivers are trained in all aspects of home care and can assist with personal needs, housekeeping, companionship, and more. Whether someone needs help with preparing meals, getting dressed, or simply remaining mobile so their muscles and joints can heal following surgery, Maison Healthcare can provide the right fit. Our goal is to provide exceptional care that promotes a healthy recovery and a better standard of post-surgery living. We look forward to working with you!