Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures performed on older adults throughout the United States. This can be an exceptionally beneficial way to reduce pain, increase mobility and function, and support independence throughout your parent’s later years. To make sure that your elderly parent gets the most benefit from this procedure and they are able to get through the recovery period in the best way possible, it is vitally important that you take the time to prepare thoroughly. While there are many things that you can do to help prepare your parent, it is important that you also prepare their home as well. This creates an environment of healing that will help your parent get through their recovery and move forward in the best way possible.
Use these tips to help prepare your parent’s home for hip replacement surgery recovery:
- Prepare meals. Good nutrition is going to be essential for your parent’s body to heal properly, but getting up to prepare meals will be too strenuous for them in the early stages of recovery. Make sure that they have what they need by preparing meals in advance. Cook several of their favorites, divide them into individual servings, and freeze them. Be sure to give them instructions so that they can easily reheat the food when they are ready for a tasty, healthy meal.
- Move their bedroom. If their bedroom is upstairs, your parent will not be able to use it for the first few weeks of recovery. Make sure that they are comfortable and have a good place to rest by moving their bedroom downstairs. If this is not an option, consider renting a hospital bed to place in the living room or other location that is easily accessible.
- Ensure balance and support. Make sure that your parent is able to navigate the home safely by equipping it with tools that will provide support and help them to balance. This is especially important as they are getting accustomed to their new joint and may have pain, mobility issues, and balance problems in the early stages of recovery. These tools include handrails throughout the home, bars in the shower and on the toilet, a raised toilet, and possibly a chair lift on stairs.
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