Getting You Back on Your Feet and into Your Routine
The steps you take to recover from a procedure will vary by the procedure, your general health before and the level of support you have once you return home. If you are recovering from surgery, the post-procedure process will be discussed during Pre-Op University and with your health care team before and after your procedure.
By following these post-procedure care tips and the advice of your ProMedica Orthopaedic Institute health care team, you can heal and return to your normal activities more quickly.
Tips on Bathroom Safety
Staying safe in the bathroom is important for people with joint pain, muscle weakness or physical disability. If you have any of these problems, you need to make changes in your bathroom.
Bath or shower: You can make several changes to protect yourself when you take a bath or shower:
- Put non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone decals in the tub to prevent falls.
- Use a non-skid bath mat outside the tub for firm footing.
- Have someone install a single lever on your faucet (if you don’t have one) to mix hot and cold water together.
- Have someone set the temperature on your water heater to 120° F to prevent burns.
- Sit on a bath chair or bench when taking a shower.
- Keep the floor outside the tub or shower dry.
Toilets: Raising the toilet seat height can help keep your bathroom safe. You can do this by adding a seat cover or elevated toilet seat. You also can use a commode chair instead of a toilet. You also should consider a special seat called a portable bidet. It helps you clean your bottom without using your hands. It sprays warm water to clean, then warm air to dry.
Safety bars for the bath and toilet: You may need safety bars in your bathroom. Grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally. Do not use towel racks as grab bars. You will need two grab bars. One helps you get in and out of the tub. The other helps you stand from a sitting position.
Surgical Care of an Open Wound
Patients who undergo more extensive surgery may have an open wound that needs to be addressed by themselves or a caregiver. If your doctor does not close your wound, you will need to learn how to care for it at home, since it may take time to heal. The wound will heal from the bottom to the top. The dressings help to soak up any drainage and to keep the skin from closing before the wound underneath fills in.
The steps you and a caregiver may need to familiarize yourself with include:
- Proper hand washing
- Removing the old dressing
- Caring for the wound
- Putting on the new dressing
- When to call the doctor
Preventing Falls: What to Ask Your Doctor
Many people with medical problems are at risk for falling or tripping. This can leave you with broken bones or more serious injuries. You can take precautions to make your home safer. Here are questions to ask your doctor or nurse to help keep your home safe:
- Am I taking any medicines that will make me sleepy, dizzy or lightheaded?
- Are there exercises I can do to make me stronger to help prevent falls?
- Where in my home do I need to make sure there is enough light?
- How can I make my bathroom safer? Do I need a shower chair? Do I need a raised toilet seat? Do I need help when I take a shower or bath?
- Do I need bars on the walls in the shower, by the toilet or in the hallways?
- Is my bed low enough? Do I need a hospital bed? Do I need a bed on the first floor so I do not need to climb stairs?
- How can I make the stairs in the house safer?
- Is it okay to have pets in the home?
- What are other things that I may trip over?
- What can I do about any uneven floors?
- Do I need help with cleaning, cooking, laundry or other household chores?
- Should I use a cane or a walker?
- What should I do if I fall? How can I keep my phone near me?
ProMedica Home Health Care
Home is where the heart is. And thanks to ProMedica’s home health care services, you can receive high-quality medical care there, too. Medical research has shown that patients often recover more quickly and experience better outcomes when they recuperate in the comfort of their own homes. Doing so gives patients the independence they desire and confidence that they are still receiving excellent medical care. Let our team of nurses and rehabilitation therapists and medical social workers create a personalized home care treatment plan to meet your recovery needs.
ProMedica’s home health care services are available in Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wood counties in Ohio. We also serve Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan.