Post-surgery is the most difficult time for the patient. The person may most likely experience pain, frustration and most of them, general tiredness because it is difficult for them to get around. For those caring for patients who underwent a knee replacement surgery, having caregivers or family members help them out in daily tasks is imperative. Here are 5 simple ways on how you could assist them in getting around.
- Help out with the household chores
Not being able to move makes it hard for them to do tasks around the house. You can help by washing the dishes, shopping, cooking, laundry and various household responsibilities. Also consider that patients need to take the right food, get the prescribed supplements, and having plenty of rest during this period.
- Assist with the 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.
- Support and motivate
At any point in time, the patient may feel frustrated because they can’t move around as much. This requires A LOT of patience. They may be easily angered and saying that the situation is hard, painful and become depressed. You need to encourage them and motivate them to stick to the plan.
- Assist during medical appointments
They can’t do it alone. It is very important that you stay close with them and communicate with any issues that may arise. Help patients by keeping track of scheduled appointments with the physical therapist as well as transportation. It’s vital that patients stick to the treatment regimens so they can recover faster and ease uncertainties towards their health.
- Track improvement
Keeping track of their weekly improvement will keep their hopes up and encourage them to exercise more. If there are drastic changes (good or bad) in their conditions, it’s best to contact the doctor immediately.
These simple ways of assisting patients live their life as normally as possible is a great way to speed up the recovery process. Provide support and encouragement to stay on track and do the necessary work for a full and long lasting recovery. Know more about what comes next after the knee surgery here.