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How Home Care Can Help Your Parent Through Their Recovery After Hip Replacement

By Denise Roskamp

Home Care in Wayland MA

Having total hip replacement surgery can be one of the best decisions that your aging parent ever makes. This surgery addresses pain, stiffness, and lack of range of motion that is caused by a wide variety of factors, including wear and tear, arthritis, tumors, severe injury, or other challenges, and enables your parent to experience a more active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life. With all of the benefits that this procedure can offer your aging loved one, however, it is important to realize that there is a long and rather intensive recovery period involved as well. While the average patient will spend approximately 3 to 5 days in the hospital after the surgery, the actual total recovery period lasts 6 months or even more. During this time your parent will have two primary goals: avoiding complications and negative consequences of the surgery such as rejection or infection, and healing their body while getting it accustomed to the new joint.

The period of recovery after a total hip replacement surgery can be very challenging for your parent, and it is extremely important that they do everything that they doctor tells them to in order to protect their body and ensure that they make the most out of this procedure. One thing that you can do to help them achieve this goal is to hire home care.

Some of the ways that an in-home senior care services provider can help your parent through their recovery after hip replacement surgery include:

• Giving them the chance to rest. While exercise is important for taking care of their body and helping their hip heal after surgery, doing too much too soon can put your aging parent at risk of serious consequences including infection, rejection, and damage to the joint. A home care provider can be with your parent to handle tasks around the home that might be strenuous on your parent, or that would cause them to move around more than is comfortable or healthy in the days and weeks after the procedure.

• Help with personal care tasks. Not having full range of motion of their hip will make certain personal care tasks more difficult for your aging parent. They are likely to struggle with needs such as bathing, toileting, dressing, and basic mobility. The home care provider can offer professional, respectful, and safe assistance with these tasks so that your loved one can stay as comfortable and healthy as possible, while also maintaining as much of their independence and dignity as they can throughout this process.

• Provide emotional support. Going through a surgical procedure like this can be an emotionally challenging time. Your parent might struggle with the pain that they experience and the frustration with not being able to get back to their normal lifestyle as soon as they would like to. A care provider can offer companionship and emotional support that will help your parent to overcome feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and helplessness so that they maintain better mental and emotional health throughout the recovery period.