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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.

Learn more about getting your home ready

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.

Set up a CaringBridge web site today

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.

Bones, Joints and Muscles Toolkit

Use the tools below to learn more about how to take care of your bones, joints and muscles.

Patient Stories

We all have a story about what we live to do, but for some, joint pain can make those activities nearly impossible. Tasks that used to be simple, such as running the vacuum, getting in and out of the car or even sleeping at night, can become unbearable. If you’re experiencing these same issues, you’re not alone..

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Why Does Your Knee Hurt?

Knee pain: it can stop you from playing a sport you love, taking the stairs or enjoying an evening walk. What causes it? What treatments are available? Seeking help from a medical professional can help you regain health and mobility. We asked Joseph A Assenmacher, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with ProMedica Physicians.

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