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How to care for your parent after surgery

Receiving the correct post-surgery care is critical for making a full recovery. That’s why many people, especially elder individuals, opt for treatment in skilled nursing facilities such as Kingston. However, even after being discharged from a skilled nursing center, it’s important to know that rehab may still not be complete.

If you have a parent who has been discharged from a skilled nursing center, it’s important for you to know how to help them make a full recovery once they come home.

For starters, you should know which health symptoms require immediate medical attention. Blocked airways, mental instability and infected wounds should all be addressed immediately. Other health concerns include careful monitoring of blood pressure levels, blood clots and difficulty going to the bathroom. These should be reported to a physician.

Be aware that many older adults experience moderate to severe pain following surgery. Try to subdue this pain quickly as it can increase anxiety and decrease mobility. It can even lead to poor body mechanics and decreased mobility and flexibility as long as six months after the surgery.

Finally, make sure your mother or father is receiving a balanced or prescribed diet and remains as active as possible. Immobility has health consequences that are not limited to just joint and muscle complications.

Caring for your parent after surgery can be a challenging but rewarding experience. At the same time, know your limitations. If you’re uncomfortable or think there is a better way to provide care, reach out to the staff at Kingston. We provide quality care for patients of all ages and who have undergone a wide range of surgeries. We are here to help and we love what we do.