Helping a Loved One During Treatment
The support a caregiver can provide will vary by treatment or procedure. Members of the ProMedica Orthopaedic Institute health care team will discuss the important actions to take and provide the necessary information to help deliver that support.
To provide the best support during treatment, it is important for caregivers to ask questions before treatment begins. Gathering of this information can help ensure that once a treatment begins, be it rehabilitation for an injury or a surgery, that the optimum amount of support can be delivered.
Here are ways to provide support during treatment:
- Become familiar with the individual’s plan of care developed by the health care team and encourage the individual to follow it closely.
- Read and become informed about the particular disease or condition, asking the individual to share with you information received from the physician and other health care professionals.
- Encourage the individual to talk about his or her health, levels of pain and what he or she is feeling during the treatment process.
- Accept the changes to the individual’s schedule and adjust schedules accordingly.
- Ask questions, either on your own or for the individual.
- Help the individual construct his or her medical history, including past surgeries, major illnesses and histories of family medical problems.
- Assist the individual in maintaining a complete and accurate list of medications, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and nutritional supplements.
Getting Your Home Ready For Knee or Hip Surgery
Before you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home so you can get around easily when you come back.
Attend Pre-Op University
Pre-Op University is a free educational class created especially for anyone considering or already scheduled for joint surgery. In this 90-minute class, you will gain the tools you need to successfully move from hospital to recovery. Your orthopaedic health care team will answer questions and discuss rehabilitation, post-surgery goals and the road to recovery.
Caregivers play a crucial role in managing care in the first few weeks after a procedure. Therefore, they can take an active role in addressing issues related to daily tasks (shopping and laundry) and preparing the home (rearranging furniture, removing rugs and overseeing installation of items like safety bars in the bathroom).
If the individual receiving care is undergoing joint replacement, the extent of post-surgery support can be extensive. These resources provide additional insight into helping individuals recover from surgery:
Share Your Journey on CaringBridge
CaringBridge makes it easy to set up free web sites for patients. You can quickly update family and friends online so everyone has accurate information about your health journey. In turn, they can send the patient love and encouragement during their treatment.
Supporting a Loved One After a Procedure
Providing care to a loved one after a procedure is a big responsibility. But thinking about that responsibility should begin before the procedure, and include questions about home safety, wound care, diet and medicine regimens, and having a list of appropriate and conveniently located phone numbers.