What is Postoperative Care?
Proper post-operative care is crucial to getting you back on your feet after undergoing a surgical procedure. After you are discharged from a hospital, it can be incredibly difficult to handle the demands of post-operative care on your own at home while also trying to recover.
Although recovering from any operation can be frightening or distressing, receiving a helping hand from a live-in, short term carer can help you recover quickly and safely in the comfort of your own home. A professional carer will oversee all aspects of your recovery process like pain and medication management, so that you can focus on recuperating and returning to normality.
A trained and professional short-term carer from The Good Care Group can help you and your family receive the dedicated post-operative care you need after a hospital stay or illness. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team today to discuss your post-operative and after-surgery care needs.
What is postoperative care?
Post-operative care is a form of post-surgery help given after an illness or hospital stay. It begins in the hospital and may continue after you return home. The type of care given will vary based on a person’s individual needs but may include tasks such as:
- Medication management
- Pain management
- Mobility support
- Personal care such as bathing or toileting
- Help with household tasks
- Meal planning and preparation
Nurse-led care is also available if you are living with an on-going medical condition or have been discharged from a hospital and need complex care. Nurse-led care is provided by professional carers expertly trained to provide a number of nursing tasks such as:
- Continence care, including bowel care and catheterisation
- PEG feeding
- Tracheostomy care
- Wound management and dressing
- Blood sugar monitoring
- Ventilated care
- Cancer care or stroke care
The duration of post-operative care is completely up to each individual, their medical team and their families. The purpose of post-operative care is to help a person recover safely at home and to help them regain their independence as quickly as possible.
Care prior to your medical procedure & postoperative care
Preoperative care differs from postoperative care in that it is performed prior to a medical operation. In order to prepare for an upcoming surgery, preoperative care is available to help you with a number of day-to-day tasks so that you can better focus on preparing.
Preoperative care may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- Help with household tasks
- Personal care
- Pet care
- Chauffeuring to appointments
- Scheduling appointments
- Social and emotional support
Prior to your surgery, it’s important to determine what your postoperative care needs will be and to organise your care in advance.
What are the benefits of postoperative care?
Recovering after an illness or surgery can be overwhelming. Postoperative home help after an operation or illness can help your recovery continue smoothly after you’ve arrived back home. There are many benefits to receiving postoperative care including:
- The ability to recover in the comfort and familiarity of your own home
- One-to-one dedicated care from a professional carer
- Relief from the burden of domestic chores
- Promoting excellent hydration and nutrition
- Reducing health risks such as falls and medication mismanagement
- Companionship and emotional support when, and if, you need it
- An immediate and appropriate response in the case of a medical emergency
- Improved health outcomes through professional risk prevention and management
With the help of a professional carer, you can receive postoperative care that is comparable to the care received in a hospital or rehabilitation centre, without having to leave your home.
Post-operative Care from The Good Care Group
At The Good Care Group, we are experts in providing individuals and their families with quality preoperative and postoperative care. All of our care is delivered by trained and professional carers dedicated to helping you recuperate quickly from your illness or surgery and regain your independence.
Many people believe their only way to recover after a surgery or illness is in a residential care home or hospital setting. Short-term or live-in care from The Good Care Group allows you to receive the preoperative or postoperative care you need right in your much-loved home.
A professional and dedicated carer will move into your home for a predetermined period of time to provide you with highly personalised and bespoke care. From providing specialist care such as dressing wounds and pain management to personal care such as sensitive assistance with bathing and toileting, a live-in carer will provide you with the care and support you need to get back on your feet.
Every decision we make when providing your care is designed to improve health outcomes and hasten your recovery. With the help of the latest innovative care technology, we can predict health risks and use them to shape the care we provide. Our holistic and health-driven approach to care can help you recover faster by preventing falls in the home, promoting excellent hydration and nutrition, monitoring for health concerns like UTIs and chest infections, and preventing hospital readmission.
We’re proud of the professional and compassionate support our carers provide daily. In fact, we are the only dedicated live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the CQC in all five categories for being safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive.
Contact our friendly team today to discuss your preoperative or postoperative care needs.
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