If you or a loved one undergo a medical procedure, much of your focus will be on the date of the surgery itself. However, it is important to remember that post-surgery preparations are also essential for healing and recovery. To equip your home for a return from the hospital, be sure to have these four post-surgery supplies on hand.
Most surgeries limit a patient’s mobility, at least for a time. This is especially true if the procedure included work on the patient’s feet, legs, or hips. When returning home post-operation, follow your doctor’s instructions for safely walking. Before you leave the hospital, ask about any prohibited activities and limits on mobility. While the nature of your surgery will determine the exact assistance you need, canes, walkers, and rollators are all popular choices as your body recovers from surgery.
Bathrooms can be dangerous places for patients post-surgery. Slippery floors are a fall risk and normal activities in the bathroom include the need for balance, strength, and coordination. With this in mind, outfit your bathroom to prevent a mishap. Grab bars by the bathtub and shower will assist you in moving carefully and safely in and out. Elevated toilet seats or bedside commode chairs may be necessary for a time during recovery. Also, consider supplies to assist with convenience, such as a long-handled sponge to ease the bathing process.
Help for Reaching and Grabbing
While no post-surgery patient should be lifting much weight or overextending themselves, there are times when you must pick something up. To help a recovering patient with reaching and grabbing, first try to keep all necessary supplies at waist height. For items not easily reachable, consider purchasing reaching aides such as a dressing stick, long shoehorn, and a reaching stick with a grabbing claw on the end. These tools will prevent the patient from bending and reaching in ways that could hinder their healing.
Supplies for Dressings, Catheters, Etc.
If you return home post-surgery with dressings or a catheter, you will need supplies to care for them. Foley catheters require replacement drainage bags which a nurse will teach you how to change before you are discharged. The same is true of any dressings you need to clean or change. Be sure to keep plenty of replacement supplies on hand since it is far better to be over prepared than to be caught off guard.
Surgery is an intense undertaking and usually requires quite a bit of time for recovery. When you equip your home with these post-surgery supplies, you pave the way to a faster and smoother return to health. As always, for the best prices for these and other medical supplies, visit the AAA Wholesale online catalog.