Caring for Parents After Cardiac Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Jul 14, 2018 10:36:53 AM

caregiver holding patient's hand on bed

When older adults need heart surgery, their adult children often take on a lot of the after-care responsibilities. It can be scary and overwhelming to start planning for that process, as so much is unknown and the patients need so much care. We’ve compiled some tips to help you prepare for being a caregiver.

Educate Yourself

First of all, make sure you are in contact with your parent’s doctor if at all possible, and learn as much as you can about the specific procedure. In addition to learning about what your parent will need for after-care, it can be very useful to understand prognosis and even mortality rates. For example, the survival rate of most planned cardiac surgeries is very high; that can be comforting to adult children who are scared about the process. Some things you should know about include:

  • Medications
  • Mobility needs like crutches
  • What to watch out for
  • Dietary requirements

Sometimes adult children need to ensure their parent’s doctor and hospital will release information to them, so ask your parent if you are listed as being able to get any pertinent info.

Plan Ahead

There is a lot of planning involved with care after surgery, and sometimes that planning requires hiring nurses, making appointments and arranging for travel, or renting equipment for home use. Planning all of this well ahead of time will help reduce your stress and the amount of work you have to do on or around surgery day.

Remember the Small Details

In planning for care at home, it’s easy to overlook smaller, everyday details such as meals, getting around the house, or sleeping arrangements. Be sure to think through and make lists and plans for as many minor details as possible. This will make everything run more smoothly.

If your parent hasn’t heard already, Hearthugger is a smart addition to home recovery, offering pain management and stability after heart surgery. For more info, or to learn more about how you can help with caregiving duties after surgery, feel free to Contact Us today!

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