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POST OPERATIVE CARE

Postoperative care begins immediately after surgery. It lasts for the duration of your hospital stay and may continue after you’ve been discharged. As part of your postoperative care, your healthcare provider should teach you about the potential side effects and complications of your procedure. Our experienced Nurses and PSW will help the patients recover with minimal side effects.

Tender loving care is the best way to boost the person’s spirits. Keep in mind that he or she was once independent and now needs to depend on you for encouragement and assistance.  Give the older person as much control as possible. You should involve him or her in the
decision-making process. Ask questions such as, “What clothes would you like to wear today?” and “When would you like to take a walk?”  As the older person becomes stronger, do not rush him or her into new activities. It takes time to gain strength. The older person may not want to do new exercises, saying, “I can’t,” but really meaning, “I’m scared.” Introduce new activities slowly and explain them in detail.

It is a myth that bed rest is good for a person recuperating from illness or surgery.  Sitting or lying-in bed can cause many problems to the body such as bedsores, kidney failure, chest infections, muscles shrinking away, reflexes becoming inactive, and blood pressure increasing. In addition to these problems, a person who remains in bed for several days and then gets up may experience dizziness, fainting, stiff joints, weakness, and problems with muscle malfunction (muscles that don’t communicate with the brain).

We at MyECAH strives for holistic care, which means our goals are to:
 
  • Prepare a room where the older person can be cared for
  • Make sure the older person is comfortable
  • Be encouraging about progress
  • Prevent the complications of bed rest