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Helping a Loved One After Hip Replacement

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Involving the removal of damaged or diseased parts of a hip joint and replacing them with artificial parts, hip replacement is a common operation for seniors. While the procedure can greatly improve mobility, your elderly loved one is likely to need assistance during the initial recovery period. Providing such help will require some planning and preparation before surgery; you may even wish to hire a Milwaukee caregiver to provide regular assistance throughout recovery.

Encourage Mobility

Seniors are usually urged to at least try a walker or similar device prior to leaving the hospital. When your loved one gets home, have such equipment on hand to encourage mobility.

Prepare the Home

Make sure throw rugs are removed and take other safety precautions throughout your loved one’s home to minimize potential hazards. Place frequently used items within easy reach on stands or countertops. Home preparations may also include:

  • Using raised toilet seats
  • Having a water bottle nearby
  • Setting up a temporary first floor “bedroom”
  • Freezing some meals for easy preparation

Prevent Blood Clots

Inflatable air sleeves or elastic compression stockings are often recommended to prevent blood clots. Your loved one may also be prescribed blood thinning medications.

Schedule PT Sessions

Initial physical therapy sessions can usually be scheduled in advance. After the therapist assesses your loved one, follow-up sessions will be scheduled based on specific needs.

Make Transportation Arrangements

Follow-up doctors’ visits will be necessary during the recovery process. If you’re not available to provide rides, consider using a senior transportation service or a Milwaukee home care agency that can provide transportation for your loved one on a regular basis.

You can further aid your loved one after hip replacement by ordering pain medications ahead of time to avoid trips to the pharmacy. If you have a loved one that needs a little push asking for help, encourage him or her to do so or make regular visits to check in. Temporary at-home care during their recovery period is another possible source of assistance worth considering.

If your loved one has a surgery or hospital stay coming up, reach out to Home Care Assistance to ensure the transition home is as smooth as possible. Our live-in and respite caregivers in Milwaukee are available 24/7 and can help your loved one with everything from transportation and medication management to personal hygiene and meal preparation. For more information, give us a call today at (414) 964-8000 and schedule your free in-home consultation.

How to Help an Elderly Loved One After Hip Replacement