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How to Help Seniors Recover After Hip Replacement Surgery

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A hip replacement is a major surgery for a senior and requires a long recovery period, typically between 3 to 6 months depending on the senior’s overall health and the success of the rehabilitation. If your elderly loved one has just had this surgery performed, Placer County, CA, elderly care professionals suggest a few ways you can help him or her during recovery.

Assist with Daily Activities

Hip replacement surgery can cause significant pain and disability during the post-operative recovery phase. Assisting your loved one with daily activities can reduce the risk of complications and help him or her recover more quickly. Tasks like bathing, dressing, grooming, and eating can be challenging after a major surgery, but your assistance and encouragement can help your loved one gain more confidence and independence. 

Offer Healthy Foods

Your loved one may not have a large appetite after undergoing hip replacement surgery. Offer him or her a variety of healthy foods that help promote healing. Lean meats and cheeses are excellent sources of protein, and citrus fruits contain vitamin C, which enhances wound healing and optimal circulation. If your loved one has a renal condition or is on a protein-restricted diet, discuss dietary options with his or her physician prior to planning meals. 

Keep Pathways Clear

Keeping the floor and pathways in the home clear of obstacles helps maintain a safe environment for your loved one and reduces the risk of falls. After a hip surgery, your loved one may be unable to lift up his or her feet, causing him or her to trip over rugs, toys, or even pets. In addition to keeping small items off the floors, make sure your loved one’s eyeglasses are kept clean so his or her vision will remain clear.

Monitor Medication Use During Physical Therapy

After a hip replacement surgery, it is common for the orthopedic surgeon to recommend a physical therapy regimen. Ensuring your loved one takes his or her prescribed pain medication prior to performing the rehab exercises can dramatically increase range of motion and relieve stiffness and discomfort. Physical therapy is crucial to optimal recovery. If your loved one is able to complete these sessions without experiencing pain, the healing process can progress faster.

If your loved one needs additional assistance during and after recovery from a surgery, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our respite and live-in caregivers can assist with a variety of daily tasks, including meal prep, medication reminders, bathing, and exercise. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care Placer County, Folsom, and Granite Bay families trust. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 916.226.3737 to schedule a complimentary consultation.