Plan Your Surgery and Prepare for a Smooth Recovery

Nurse Helping Elderly Patient After Surgery at a Rehabilitation CenterDo you have a surgery planned in the near future? There are several things to consider before the operation as well as arrangements to make when you come home. A proper plan will help you prepare for a stress-free and successful recovery. The experienced team at our skilled nursing facility in Rhode Island shares some valuable tips.

  • Important considerations before surgery: Your surgeon may request a general medical evaluation by your physician or tests like blood samples, ECG, etc. before the operation. Very often, this can take weeks to complete, so ensure it is done in time and a report is ready for the pre-op appointment. Also, make a list of all the medications you take and keep it ready to take along with you to the hospital. Because any surgery has a certain element of risk involved, it is wise to put your legal papers in order; e.g. your will, a power of attorney, etc. You should let a family member know where important documents are kept. Make it a point to review your medical insurance coverage. We also recommend that you plan for someone to accompany you to the hospital on the day of the operation.
  • Learn what is involved: Whether it is a joint replacement or heart surgery, you must do your homework. Discuss risks and other treatment options if you are not comfortable with opting for surgery. Being informed will enable you to make better decisions about your healthcare. Do this well in advance so that you can talk to your surgeon (or family physician) about any doubts or concerns that you may have. Clarify what you can and cannot eat the day or night before as well as any medications that you should take or avoid.
  • Prepare for discharge: Remember to ask whether it is a day or overnight surgery or whether you will be staying in the hospital for a few days. Make your discharge plans accordingly. You should make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home or to the nursing facility where you will recover.
  • Arrange for help: Many patients are unaware of the adjustments that might need to be made to the home in order to make recuperation safer. These may include removing loose rugs, electrical cords and other small items from areas where you will walk, as well as making the bathroom more accessible. You may have to move your bed to the main level if you cannot climb stairs. You are also likely to need help with personal care as well as shopping, cooking, cleaning and other household chores. Plan for at least two to three weeks of assistance and do it ahead of the surgery. 
  • Plan for recovery at a skilled nursing facility: Rehabilitation is an important component of recovery after many surgeries. Hence, research your options and check them out before you go for a surgery.

Nurse Helping Elderly Woman Using Walker After Surgery at a Skilled Nursing CenterChecking in to a skilled nursing facility after surgery might be a safer and more convenient option. In addition to having professional care and rehabilitation facilities, accommodation is designed for people with mobility issues. Additional amenities such as onsite meals take care of important needs.

At The Holiday Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Manville, Rhode Island, we have trained staff to provide 24-hour care for you or a loved one. State-of-the-art nursing facilities and services enable us to make our patients feel comfortable, safe and well looked-after. With personalized care plans, we are able to meet the unique health requirements of each of our residents. Whether you need rehabilitation after surgery, respite care or a permanent care center, you can rely on our family to care for yours.

Give us a call at 401-765-1440 for more information about our skilled nursing facility in Manville, Rhode Island or fill out our online form to book a tour.

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