Supporting Your Loved One During Orthopedic Treatment
You can be a source of help and encouragement to your loved one after an orthopaedic treatment or procedure. Support at home after orthopaedic surgery or during rehabilitation is critical to successful recovery and long term health.
The support you may be asked to give will vary by treatment or procedure. Your loved one’s orthopaedic health care team will discuss the important actions to take and provide the necessary information to deliver that support.
How can you participate in your loved one’s orthopedic treatment?
- Ask questions. Know the plan before treatment begins and ask about home safety, wound care, diet and medicine regimens, and phone numbers you may need to have on hand.
- Learn more about what to expect after a procedure so you can help your loved one prepare.
- Become informed about the disease or condition. Get information from your doctor and other health care professionals.
- Construct a medical history. Include past surgeries, major illnesses, and histories of family medical problems.
- Maintain a complete and accurate medication list. Include over-the-counter medications, and vitamins and nutritional supplements.
- Encourage your loved one to talk about his or her health, pain levels, and what he or she is feeling during the treatment process.
A big way to participate in treatment is to provide hands-on support at home. You’ll find more opportunities to help as you go, but some commonly helpful things to do are:
- Accept the changes to your loved one’s routine and adjust schedules accordingly.
- Install safety bars in the bathroom.
- Rearrange furniture to keep open paths between rooms.
- Remove rugs to prevent falls.
- Handle the shopping and laundry.
Take advantage of other helpful resources.