A wise person once said, preparation is everything. This applies to work, love, and most facets of life. Thus, if you find that you are about to undergo a surgery, the best thing to do is prepare for it!
If you are uncertain as to the correct way to prepare your home for post surgery, this article will disclose a few tips, tricks, and pointers.
Accessibility is Everything
Regardless of the type of surgery, it goes without saying that you will undergo a decrease in mobility. This could be due to loss of motor function, doctor ordered rest, medicative depressants, etc.
Thus, the best way to prepare is to set yourself up for accessible success. Move any necessary items to a lower floor. Have everything necessary within your own reach. This could be a medication station, snacks, cozy blankets, or a change in clothes.
Move Sleeping Arrangements to the First Floor
If you live in a multi-storied home, and do not have access to an elevator, then you are going to need to set up a sleeping area on the first floor. Post surgery can be an exhausting process, and there are too many possible opportunities for falling when maneuvering stairs!
Make Your Bathroom Slip Preventive
If your post surgery recovery includes an extensive change in mobility, you are going to need to retrofit your restroom to accommodate this period of time. One way to do this is to install grab bars near every change in location. This includes near the toilet, bath, and shower.
For the toilet, you are going to want to raise it up for accessibility, This can be accomplished by adding an elevated seat.
For bathing, you should retrofit your accommodations for slip prevention. This includes adding non-slip mats into the tub and shower,
Consider Hiring a Health Aid
A 2017 research study conducted by the International Surgical Outcomes Study Group reveals data that suggests over a 12 month period, 50 million patients suffer complications in the year following their surgery. These complications can come in the form of urinary retention, infection, deep vein thrombosis, etc.
Thus, once more, the best way to prepare yourself for any complication is to have someone there should you suffer a complication. Be it home health care, a registered nurse, or a certified nursing assistant, these helpers will assist you in the event of post-op complication.