Post Surgery Recovery for Seniors

May 2, 2022

As seniors age, there is a higher risk of having complications during and after surgery. This guide reviews the care options available for seniors after surgery. It also informs you about the essentials you should set in place while planning for your loved ones’ recovery. 

General: recovering from surgery 

You can never determine how long it would take for your loved one to recover from a surgical procedure. This is because a number of factors outside your control are at play, including, the type of surgery undertaken, the care given after surgery, your loved one’s body response to treatment, their lifestyle, their medical history, etc. 

Nonetheless, medical science and technology has evolved with time to provide better chances of quick recovery for your loved one. The level of preparation as it relates to their diet, activities, and other areas of their life, eases them into the recovery process. More so, the support of a senior living community after surgery can make the recovery process easier for them. 

What type of surgeries are appropriate for recovering in an AL community? 

Often, a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility will be necessary for those who need intense therapy or one-on-one round the clock care. Many assisted Living (AL) communities offer physical therapy for seniors who went through a joint replacement surgery or other orthopedic surgeries. In addition, AL communities can often accommodate seniors who have undergone ophthalmic, neurological surgery, or other surgeries in the area of oncology, thoracic, or cardiology. 

An AL community is a great option during the recovery process while everyday activities are often more difficult to perform than usual. Having a specialized and trained caregiver assist your loved one in their recovery process can play a huge role in the duration of recovery time. Further, many assisted living communities have affiliations with hospitals, medical centers, and therapy practices that can benefit your loved ones. 

What care options are available?

The care options given to the seniors vary depending on their needs. Some families choose to have their loved one recover in their own home or their senior’s home, which can be a great option, but also presents some challenges. Other families choose an assisted living community where loved ones can have access to mobility assistance, medication assistance, activities of their daily living (which includes dressing, bathing, eating, etc.). More so, an assisted living community offers additional benefits amidst recovery like social events and activities with other seniors as well as consistent caregivers. 

Preparing and Planning For Recovery: What To Think About

Any surgery or medical procedure can be an intimidating and daunting event for a senior and their family. It is important to plan ahead, preparing for the things you can control leading up to the day. Don’t forget to ask questions about recovery and post-surgery needs. Here are a few things to think about ahead of time for your loved one: 

  • Provide/prepare nutrition meals 
  • Encourage your loved one to get ample rest
  • Ensure your loved one makes all of their appointments pre/post-op
  • When possible, accompany your loved one to their appointments 
  • Are there other family or friends that can help check in during recovery? 
  • What additional items will be of comfort during recovery?
  • Who will be able to provide care or do you need to visit facilities specializing in care recovery?

Like any medical procedure, recovery time and ability vary person to person. Be sure to speak with medical professionals about the needs of the individual senior to make the recovery process as smooth as possible. 

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