Postoperative hospital care
Also referred to as in-patient postoperative care, is a type of care delivered in the hospital or other medical facility and begins immediately after the surgical procedure has ended. The level of postoperative care given depends on the patient and type of surgical intervention and is usually prescribed by the surgeon or consultant in charge of the patient’s case.
Postoperative care is often given to both in-patients (hospital-stay patients) and out-patients (day-case patients who visit the medical facility for a surgical procedure and return home on the same day). Postoperative hospital care is usually delivered by the nurses and doctors in the hospital and may involve things like monitoring vital signs immediately after surgery, wound care, assisting the patient in moving such as sitting up or going to the toilet, and managing medications and pain relief.
Such as bathing, dressing, toilet support and assistance in getting up in the morning or going to bed at night.
Help to move around the home safely to encourage physical activity and independence. This may also include any prescribed physical therapy for recovery, such as post-surgery exercises or encouraging the person to stay mobile to aid in a swift recovery and avoid complications such as blood clots.
Keeping wounds clean and changing dressings regularly while monitoring for signs of infection.
Help to administer medication and health monitoring, such as checking blood pressure or insulin levels, observing any signs of complications and managing any pre-existing conditions.
Any reasonable help around the home from cleaning, tidying, and doing the laundry, to walking the dog.
Nutritious home-cooked meals, following any dietary recommendations from medical professionals involved in your care, to ensure nutritional needs are met on a daily basis.
Such as collecting prescriptions, paying bills and doing grocery shopping.
The friendship and reassurance offered by a regular home carer cannot be underestimated in maintaining a person’s well-being, especially during a period of convalescence when an individual feels more vulnerable.
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Visits to the coffee shop or local shops, arranging and accompanying follow-up medical appointments, or simply a trip to the park.
Benefits of postoperative care
Professional postoperative home care is multifaceted and as such has many and broad ranging benefits:
- Reduces recovery times – personalised care support means you get timely and specialist care that enhances recovery times and outcomes.
- Decreases the risk of infection and complications – regular support from a professional carer trained in postoperative care greatly reduces the risks of complications related to surgery and other existing health conditions.
- Recover in comfort and maintain daily routines – postoperative care at home means you get to recuperate in the comfort of your own home rather than an institutional care facility so you can maintain your daily schedule, independence and preferred way of living.
- Ensures personal needs are met – help from a home carer, such as a Trinity carer, means that you get support in all aspects of your daily life, from help with laundry and grocery shopping to pet care and cleaning the home.