In a later stage of life, post-operative recovery rate becomes slower and turns into a delicate process that unfortunately has greater potential to run into complications along the way. Research suggests that patients over the age of 80 have higher morbidity and mortality rates compared to recovering patients in general. This finding only serves to show why post-operative senior care is so important.
Here are some importance of post-operative care in seniors:
- 24 hours professional care
Complications with the heart and the lungs are the biggest threat against seniors’ health and recovery. The window of time that these potential complications, illnesses or infections need to be addressed can be narrowed. 24 hours care by qualified professional like nurses is essential for post-operative care as nurses are trained to recognize any medical emergencies and take action as required.
- Medication management
Seniors are more prone to have physical circumstances like weakened, aching muscles or mental conditions like forgetfulness or confusion which can all play a part in how quickly and successfully the recovery can be. These circumstances make it impossible for a senior to go through the recovery phase alone. Seniors will find it difficult to take the scheduled post-operative medications as instructed by doctors.
- Pain management
Seniors are more prone to have post-operative pain compared to younger adults. Ensuring the post-surgery period is pain free is important in order to reduce the anxiety that the seniors may face due to the surgery.
- Wound care
Elderly people typically experienced delayed wound healing more frequently due to delayed inflammatory response, malnutrition and often complicated by chronic systemic disease like diabetes and hypertension. Proper wound care, adequate nutrition and control of pre-existing chronic diseases are essential in ensuring a smooth post-operative healing process.
After surgery, most of the seniors will prefer to ambulate using a wheelchair or stay in bed for a prolonged period of time which unfortunately can increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and also bed sores. However, these can be easily prevented with proper physiotherapy.
- Taking care of the tube
Ryle’s tube and catheter tube can easily be a source of infection which can further complicate the wound healing. Proper care during the insertion and removal of the tube is important to avoid infection from setting in.
At My Aged Care Recovery Retreat, we offer excellent post-surgery care which is necessary to help seniors go through the recovery phase. These are made possible by our top-notched nursing staff, luxurious setting, and 5-star amenities. For each package, residents will be entitled to 24 hours care service headed by a nursing manager, wound care by qualified nurses which will help in promoting wound healing, medication management, Ryle’s tube/ Catheter care, pain management, physiotherapy by experienced physiotherapist, five home-cooked meals per day and a private single room. For more info on our nursing care services, click here to contact us.