If your elderly loved one is scheduled to have surgery, one of the things that would help is to prepare ahead of time. There are many pre-surgery preparation tips that can help your elderly loved one and yourself, too. Keep reading here to find out how to make sure your elderly loved one will be all set for their surgery.

Listen to the Doctor

Homecare Lee's Summit MO - Pre-Surgery Preparation for Your Elderly Loved One
Homecare Lee’s Summit MO – Pre-Surgery Preparation for Your Elderly Loved One

One of the most important things for you and your elderly loved one to do is to listen to their doctor. The doctor will go over all the prep instructions, details of the surgery, recovery time information, and other information pertaining to what to expect. By listening to the doctor, you and your elderly loved one will know what is coming. If either of you has questions, now is the time to ask.

Talking About Post-Surgery

Another great thing to do before your elderly loved one’s surgery is to talk about what happens after the surgery. You and your elderly loved one will need to know about any medications they will need to be on. Will there be side effects of the medications? How long will your elderly loved one need to take those medications? How much care will your elderly loved one need? If they need more than you can give, don’t be afraid to hire elder care providers to help out. Knowing what to expect after surgery is just as important as knowing what to do before the surgery.

Preparing for the Emotions

Many elderly people will be scared of surgery. They might be afraid that something will go wrong or that they won’t wake up from the anesthesia. These are all common and valid concerns. This is part of why it is so important for your elderly loved one to talk to their doctor. However, sometimes people need more emotional support than their doctor can give. If this is the case for your elderly loved one, be sure you are there for them. Listen to their concerns. Sometimes, just talking about these concerns can be enough to help your elderly loved one feel better. If needed, you can hire homecare providers to stay with your loved one the day before the surgery to ensure they are handling things okay.

These are some of the pre-surgery preparation tips for your elderly loved one. If your elderly loved one is unsure of what to expect for their surgery, be sure you go with them to their doctor to ask any questions they have. If you can’t make it, a homecare provider can take your loved one for you. If your elderly loved one is feeling anxious or worried, be sure you are there to support them in any way that you can.

Sources:

  • https://www.asahq.org/madeforthismoment/preparing-for-surgery/prep/preparing-for-surgery-checklist/
  • https://www.facs.org/~/media/files/quality%20programs/geriatric/acs%20nsqip%20geriatric%202016%20guidelines.ashx

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