Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common types of medical procedures for seniors today. Once performed, it can increase the range of motion and mobility of the patient and alleviate any discomfort and pain associated with the hip. Although it can take time to adjust to the new hip, a family’s love and care can aid in the recovery process.
While most patients typically stay in the hospital between four to six days, the total time will likely be dependent on the senior’s age and condition. Once the doctors have authorized the senior to return home, assistance with activities of daily living and mobility will be necessary as hip dislocation is one of the most common problems after surgery. If you are unable to provide 24 hour monitoring to your aging loved one after surgery, professional Phoenix live-in caregivers are a great option, ensuring the safety and comfort of your elderly loved one at all times.
One important thing to know about the recovery process is that the physician usually removes the staples from the incision approximately 14 days after surgery. Until then, extra attention should be paid to the incision site to make sure that is healing properly. Unless the patient has been prescribed medications, it is best to avoid getting the bandaged area wet. Lotions and ointments should also be avoided, as this can increase the risk of infection.
You can further help your loved one recover properly after a hip replacement by ensuring that they don’t put undue pressure on the hip joint. Crutches and a walker can be especially handy until they’ve gained their footing, but it can take some time getting used to the devices. If they are using assistive devices, you’ll also want to prepare the home, making sure any clutter is removed from hallways, any rugs are tacked securely to the floor and that lighting is abundant in common areas of the home such as the bedroom, bathroom, living area and kitchen.
Physical therapy is another component that will ensure optimal post-hospital home care and recovery. Recommended exercises that include contracting the leg, buttocks and ankle muscles can help strengthen the joint and also help ensure full mobility returns. Accompany your aging loved one to their physical therapy appointment to ensure that all exercises and recommendations are understood. You can also use this time to ask any questions and find out ways in which you can help your loved one with their exercises at home.
For more information about caring for an aging parent or loved one after a hip replacement surgery, contact Phoenix Home Care Assistance at 602-388-1085 today. We are available 24/7 to answer any of your questions and offer complimentary in-home assessments to help determine the appropriate level of care for your aging loved one.