Recovering from knee replacement surgery can be challenging, especially without the help of friends and family members. That’s why Caregivers play an essential role in the lives of people having joint replacement surgery. Caring for a Loved One Who Had Recent Knee Surgery
For many people, the first few days at home are the most difficult. The person you’re caring for is likely to be tired and in pain. So that you should understand and help them to go through these hard days.
Maybe you are unfamiliar with the surgery, at the first time you will not how to do best to make the patient feel comfortable. After the surgery, there are a variety of things you need to know for the safety, recovery and comfort for the patient. You will receive instructions on nutrition, medicines, exercise program, activity level, discharge equipment, follow-up appointment, and signs and symptoms to watch for. You are the one who can assist them to fulfill these things.
Here are tips for you to take care of your loved one who had recent knee surgery
1. Keep the house safe
Whether the person in your care is returning to their own home, or they are staying with you, it’s important to set up a safe and accessible area for them to recover in. Think about where they are going to spend their time, especially the first few days at home. You should consider what they may need access to during that time. To help them easily accessible, you should keep the house safe, so that the patient can avoid falling.
If possible, you may want to rearrange furniture for the person receiving care so that they have a recovery space set up on the main floor. Easy access to a bathroom or temporary commode is also helpful for their daily routine.
2. Help with medications and wound care
As much as possible, be present when the doctor or nurse is explaining the medications and other treatments during the hospital stay and after surgery. It is important that the medicine prescribed is taken as scheduled and prescribed. Wound care should also be monitored for infection, inflammation, swelling, bandages and dressings. You may need to help gather the medications, make sure they’re administered on schedule, and monitor and renew prescriptions from the pharmacy.
You may find it helpful to use a daily medication dispenser. These can be purchased at your local pharmacy.
If possible, meet with your loved one’s doctor before outpatient care begins. They can go over what medications your loved one needs and answer any questions you may have.
You’ll also need to monitor the wound for swelling and inflammation. This may also involve changing dressings and picking up medical supplies, like bandages, as needed. Try to establish a routine where you dispense medications and do wound checks at the same times each day.
3. Take charge of household chores
Over the next several weeks, your loved one will likely be unable to do anything that involves standing for long periods of time, stretching, or bending.
They may have a hard time completing household chores, preparing meals, or performing other tasks that require them to move from room to room.
Although they may be able to do light chores, like dusting, they won’t be able to do any heavy cleaning. This typically means that vacuuming and laundry are out of the question. If possible, take on some of these chores or arrange for outside help.
You also need to assist with shopping and meal preparation for a while. Consider preparing frozen meals in advance, and asking other friends or family members to drop off meals during the first few weeks of recovery.
4. Emotional Support and Encouragement
Your loved one will need to follow a set rehab plan to speed up the recovery from his/her knee replacement surgery. It’s essential that you support them through the exercises as well as provide emotional support and encouragement to help your loved one stay on track.
You know, they will ignore those things after surgery and feel no motivation to keep regular exercise, they really need encouragement to keep going, or will need to be cheered up if they are having a rough time. Both of you and your loved one should stay calm to wait for the day they totally control their action by themselves.
Being a caregiver to someone who has already experienced knee replacement surgery is not easy. Be well- prepared about techniques to take care of the patient will hopefully help put you both at ease .