What is postoperative care?
Postoperative care is support and assistance provided by care professionals to aid the best recovery possible. It is primarily focused on helping patients heal and recover from various side effects caused by a procedure.
This type of care takes place after a person has undergone a surgical procedure and needs ongoing care to help them in their recovery process. It begins when an operation is completed and continues after the person has been discharged from hospital.
Postoperative caregivers help provide daily living assistance, such as preparing meals and picking up prescriptions, fall prevention assistance, rehabilitation exercises, wound care, medication monitoring and much more.
While recovering from some procedures, such as a knee or hip replacement surgery, patients may experience mobility problems for three to six months. Postoperative care can assist with mobility inside and outside the home, and help with daily rehabilitation exercises and medication management.
Older adults are far more likely than others to need postoperative care due to decreased physical capacity. A range of postoperative care services, such as medication management, support with hygiene and daily tasks, can be provided by the carers we match our clients with who have many years of experience working with the elderly.
Many patients rely on their relatives to assist them with various duties after surgery. Postoperative care helps family members by reducing the stress in their lives, from simple tasks like buying groceries and collecting prescriptions or being there for practical day-to-day assistance with meal preparation, hygiene, and chores around the home. Postoperative home care supports the whole family.
Postoperative Hospital Care
After medical surgery is completed, based on the type of surgery and patient needs, postoperative hospital care begins immediately. Following the instructions of the surgeon and the doctor, the patient receives proper care from the medical staff during this time.
The hospital medical team provides guidance and full care, from monitoring vitals to regular check-ups and management of the wound. It is important to speak with the medical team at this time to understand a patient’s postoperative care needs and ensure home care is in place once discharged from hospital.
Postoperative Home Care
Following hospital discharge, patients should receive care at home that entails taking prescribed medicines, monitoring for complications, following dietary recommendations, attending scheduled appointments, and engaging in any prescribed physical activity, such as rehabilitation exercises.
The long process of postoperative care can be stressful and frustrating for the patient and their family. Postoperative care demands a high level of medical skill and knowledge, and the ability to act quickly when faced with complications or side effects. It’s preferable to allow professionals to manage postoperative care to guarantee the patient has optimal care and support at this critical time.
What is the purpose of postoperative care?
The goal of postoperative care is to ensure proper recovery and prevent complications that may harm the patient’s health and ability to fully heal. Postoperative care is temporary and goal-focused. The main goal is to avoid post-surgery complications, assist with medical needs, and support daily living in order to optimise the recovery process.
Postoperative treatment goals may also include increasing patients’ strength, endurance and flexibility. Depending on how the surgery went and how well the patient is recovering, the doctor may change some of their postoperative care recommendations after the procedure.
“My elderly aunt used Country Cousins for about 3 months having been in hospital before. She had 2 different carers both were lovely and my aunt got on well with them. It was quite obvious that they enjoyed their work”
- Carol A, Client's Niece
Preoperative & postoperative care services
If you or a loved one is facing surgery, it can be easy to focus only on what happens afterward. However, preparing yourself and being in the best shape possible before surgery can have positive effects on surgery outcomes and your ability to fully recover.
Preoperative care describes preparing a patient for surgery. This could involve following a specific diet, carrying out specific exercises, and monitoring the person’s health on a daily basis.
At Country Cousins we know this can be challenging, especially for people with complex conditions or other existing medical issues. That’s why we provide preoperative and postoperative live-in care services to support you at home.
If you’re unsure what type of care is best for you, get in touch with our team today. We offer a free no-obligation enquiry service and will be happy to help you explore the best options for you and give recommendations based on your personal circumstances.
How to arrange postoperative care
With our wealth of experience and team of experts, we can match you with the perfect carer who will provide postoperative care support quickly. Collaborating with you, your family and other health professionals involved in your care, they will recommend care support based on your needs and wishes.
We will match a Country Cousins carer to your specific care needs, taking into account the carer’s work history and personal qualities to ensure a good fit with you. Our Country Cousins carers are more than just caregivers, they provide reassurance, and emotional support, and often become like one of the family.
Speak to our care experts today to find out how we can help you. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Our professional and compassionate team are available Monday to Friday from 8 am until 6 pm on 01293 224706. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form.
Three simple steps to receiving live-in care
1. Call Us
Call us and have a no obligation, confidential, conversation with one of our team to discuss your care needs.
You will go into more detail with a member of our expert care team who will take the time to really understand your requirements.
3. Begin Care
Our highly skilled team of Customer Relationship Executives will then identify and match you with the perfect live-in carer.