Personal Care Services For Post-Surgical Patients

If your senior loved one recently had surgery, he or she may need personal care services to help with activities of daily living such as grooming, eating, dressing, and bathing. A personal care assistant can visit your loved one in an assisted living facility or come to the aging adult's home. Here are some things a personal care assistant can help your senior loved one with as he or she recovers from surgery.

Wound Care

Unless your loved one's surgical wound is meticulously cared for, an infection or permanent tissue damage may occur. Personal care assistants can clean the surgical wound, apply topical medications such as antibiotic ointment, and change the dressings.

They can also monitor the surgical site for signs of infection such as an increase in redness and warmth, increased inflammation, bleeding, or drainage, and problems with the stitches or staples. In addition to monitoring the surgical incision for signs of infection, the personal care assistant can monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of a systemic post-operative infection.

These include fever, poor appetite, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, and headache. If an infection or other surgical-related complications are suspected, the patient's physician can be notified as soon as possible before the complications progress any further. 

Nutritional Intervention

It is essential that seniors consume nutrient-dense foods after surgery to help promote healing. A personal care assistant can prepare healthy meals in your loved one's home or bring them to the assisted living facility.

Maintaining good nutrition after surgery will also help improve strength, prevent excessive weight loss, and reduce the risk for nutritional deficiencies. Consuming lean proteins such as turkey, chicken, low-fat dairy products, and legumes helps promote collagen production and speeds the healing process of surgical incisions.

If the elderly individual is on a special therapeutic diet such as a low-fat diet, diabetic diet, or low-sodium diet, the care assistant can prepare foods according to the patient's nutritional needs and the physician's recommendations. In addition to meal preparation, your loved one may need help sitting up and holding utensils, which the caregiver can assist with also. 

If your senior loved one recently had surgery and needs assistance, contact a personal care agency to learn more about their programs. Both you and your loved one will rest easier when an experienced caregiver is monitoring the patient's post-surgical condition and intervening on the patient's behalf should a medical crisis occur. 

To learn more, contact a resource like Wellspring Meadows Assisted Living.