You've just undergone a total hip replacement and will be going home soon to start your recovery. Your doctor will give you a number of instructions to follow. It's up to you to make this recovery successful, and that can seem daunting. Having help at home during your recovery will make your efforts easier. Here is how using a home health service will let you have a smoother recovery from surgery.
Your First Days at Home After Surgery
It's motivating knowing that you'll be able to recover in your own home instead of in the hospital. But it can also be challenging as you realize that your home is not a friendly place for someone who has just had hip surgery. A home health aid can help you with a variety of tasks during those first few days as you get settled into your home. Some of these tasks include:
- grocery shopping
- fixing meals
- changing bed linens
- doing laundry
You'll be able to do more around the house as you regain your strength. Until then, having some help will make your recovery smoother.
It's important that you stay on a regular schedule with your pain medication. If you're in pain, you're less likely to want to move around or do your exercises. Your stretching and strengthening exercises are important for your recovery. Home health personnel will see that you are taking your pain medications on time and especially before exercise or physical therapy. They will also talk with your doctor should you need to temporarily take additional pain medication to control your discomfort.
Encouragement for Your Therapy
Physical therapy on your hip is critical to regaining movement in that joint. Some days you may rather stay in bed than think about exercise. While the home health staff won't force you to exercise, they will encourage you to keep up with the exercises so you'll have a successful recovery. They will watch for signs of fatigue and help you rest. But they will also be your coach to keep you on track with strengthening your hip joint.
Transition of Activities
The home health staff is not there to do everything for you during your recovery. They will observe how well you are doing and transition some of the tasks they are doing back to you as is appropriate. You'll gain back your independence as you slowly get back you strength and stamina.
The home health care staff is there when you need help the most. With their support, you'll have a successful recovery from your total hip replacement surgery.
For professional help, contact a company such as Neighbors Home Care Services.