At some point in time, someone you love will require surgery and you may find yourself feeling a mix of emotions: stressed, worried and helpless. It is unfortunately a part of life and the most important thing you can do is to ensure that your family member or loved one knows how much you care and they feel they have your support. There are a few things you can do to help them recover from surgery both emotionally and physically. Here are my top 3 tips for helping family members recover from surgery:
1. Arrange Post Hospital Care
If you have a family member that doesn’t have much support nearby, such as an older member of your family living alone, then it can be a thoughtful gift to provide them with some post hospital care. Many people may skip this option due to the expense, but the truth is after an invasive surgery post hospital care can help the patient recover faster as they will be able to rest more extensively in the first few days after surgery. Unsure where to find such a service? Well carepilot.com.au have an expansive range of nurses, doctors and care staff available to hire for exactly such a situation. If you’re unable to help yourself due to other commitments, this is a wonderful way to ensure your loved one will be properly looked after.
2. Cook for Them
After surgery, even basic things such as walking can be excruciatingly painful. As such, many patients when released from hospital rely on low quality food such as food deliveries because they quite simply do not have the energy to cook let alone to go grocery shopping. Preparing a few meals that can be easily reheated is a wonderful way to show your love and support. It will also do your family member or loved one a world of good to be eating nutritious home cooked meals instead of low quality low nutrient delivery meals while their body is trying to heal.
3. Send Flowers
Flowers are a wonderful way to show someone that you’re thinking of them when you can’t be there. Many bouquets are bright and colourful which can quickly add a pop of colour and a lovely scent to a hospital room. The wonderful thing about flowers is that you can have them sent to almost every corner of the globe, meaning it’s a great option for those of us who live in another country to the majority of our family. I actually find it’s better to get flowers delivered to the patient in the days after they’ve been released home from the hospital as those are often the most challenging days in terms of recovery and an easy way to uplift their mood which can help them recover from surgery faster!
It’s not easy seeing a loved one undergo a procedure, but these three tips are an excellent way to show that you care and to hopefully help their recovery happen even faster.