May 29, 2019 by Stephanie Howe - Owner, Comfort Keepers
Every year, almost 500,000 people in USA have hip replacement surgery, and most of them are older people. When your loved one comes home after a surgical procedure, they will need some help with daily activities. Our elderly care providers in Monroe Township, NJ could make sure your parent has a smooth and fast recovery following a hip replacement.
Seniors who have had a hip replacement can be more prone to falls and hip fractures. Your loved one should be extra careful to avoid falls in the first few weeks after surgery. They can use any walking aid, such as crutches, a cane or a walker. Our elderly care providers could prevent falls by immediately mopping up spillages, removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet, putting non-slip mat in the bathroom and organizing your loved one’s home so that climbing, stretching and bending are kept to a minimum. Your loved one should wear well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle. Partaking in physical activity, strength exercises, and balance exercises can improve your parent’s muscle strength and balance, range of motion, and reduce their risk of having a fall.
After the operation, your loved one will feel very tired at first, and our caregivers can help them with everything they need during their recovery period. If their physical therapist gives them physical therapy exercises for their hip joint and hip bone, our elderly care providers could make sure they continue with them once they get home. If a caregiver notices redness, fluid or an increase in pain in the new hip, they can your loved one’s doctor or orthopedic surgeon for a follow-up. Your parent should take small steps when turning around, and not apply pressure to the wound in the early stages following their total hip replacement. They shouldn’t cross their legs over each other.
Comfort Keepers can help your loved one with caring for their incision. Creams, lotions or ointments shouldn’t be placed on the hip area. Your parent can put a bandage on their hip area, but make sure that they do not soak it. Being physically active is an essential part of recovery. Your loved one should include walking and normal household activities into their daily schedule to increase their mobility. They will probably tire more easily than usual, so they should rest several times during the day. When getting in and out of chairs using both arms, they should avoid low or overstuffed furniture. To increase your loved one’s comfort, our caregiver can place a cushion or pillow on a chair to raise their body while seated. Elderly care provider can move all shampoos and soaps to a higher shelf in the shower, so your parent avoids bending when retrieving items. Installing a bathtub seat is also a good idea. Your loved senior may ride in a car, but they should ask their doctor first. They must follow doctor's instructions for how to get in and out of the vehicle.
The professional caregivers at Comfort Keepers in Monroe, New Jersey can help your loved one following a hip surgery so he or she is able to make a full recovery. Our caregivers can help reduce hospital stays and recovery time by assisting your loved one with daily activities following a surgical procedure. Family members can have a peace of mind knowing that their elderly loved one is receiving the best possible care during their recovery period and improving their quality of life, while in the comfort of their own home. To learn more about the home health care services provided by Comfort Keepers, contact us today.
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