Most people don’t want to get surgery. Still, for many medically necessary or cosmetic reasons, surgery might be the best choice. However, going through the process is often stressful, especially if it’s a more intensive procedure.
Suppose you have a loved one going in for surgery that requires some recovery time. In that case, you can be of great help to them by providing support both materially and emotionally. Showing support is essential, especially if you’re caring for an elderly loved one or someone undergoing a significant procedure.
However, even if you intend to be there for them during the surgery process, you might have questions about how best to help them. Generally, it’s best to ask your loved ones’ medical team for assistance, but you can also follow some general guidelines in this article. Let’s learn how you can help a loved one recover after surgery.
Get Their Aftercare Instructions
Before and after surgery can be a confusing and stressful time. In the midst of this, your loved one might not be in the best headspace to process information about their surgery aftercare. So, you can help retain this information for them, taking one thing off their plate.
If you will be a caregiver for them after the fact, ensure you have all the correct information from their physicians. These instructions will most likely be written down, but if not, be sure to write down all the necessary info.
Ask Them What They Need
Even two people getting the exact same surgery aren’t going to feel the same after the fact. While you can follow some overall tips, the best way to know how to support your loved one is to ask them what you can do for them. However, keep in mind that they may be tired, groggy, or in pain in the days after the procedure. Talk to them about how to support them beforehand.
Then, as you are helping take care of them, continually check in. However, you may also need to take the initiative as they may need help to express their exact needs.
Take On Many Of Their Daily Responsibilities
Depending on the intensity of the surgery, recovery times will vary. Some people only need a couple of days of rest before they can get back to mostly normal. Other procedures require months of recovery and physical therapy. Regardless of the duration, you can help your family member or friend out by doing some of their chores. Ensure their house is kept clean. Take care of their pets. Help them with childcare. What you need to do precisely will vary, but try to take some of the load off for them.
Provide Some Fun Distractions
Recovering from surgery isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. However, you can bring some lightness and joy to the situation. As they recover more, try to plan some activities they can do without hurting themselves. This could be something as simple as watching a favorite movie together or playing a game. Try to cater the fun to their interests and personality. Overall, your loved one will likely appreciate distractions and the chance to have a good time.
As your loved one continues to recover, adjust your support to meet their needs. They will likely feel much better about their procedure and less stressed with your love and care. The fact you want to be there for them means a lot in and of itself.