A Guide to Convalescent Rehabilitation and Care After Surgery
Post-operative rehabilitation and convalescent care for the elderly strives to provide tailored support and supervision to individuals recovering from an operation or short-illness.
To convalesce is defined as recovering one’s health and strength after an illness or medical treatment. So, whether your loved one is in need of convalescent rehabilitation to provide support after surgery, or to help rebuild confidence caused by ill health, a convalescent care program is certainly worth considering to reduce the risk of further hospitalisation.
At Jackman’s Lodge, we’re proud to offer short-term post-operative rehabilitation and convalescent care to elderly patients to restore both their mental and physical independence after a period of ill health. If you’d like to find out more about the convalescent care we offer at our care home after surgery or illness, please do get in touch today.
What is a Convalescent Home?
A care home which offers convalescent rehabilitation provides temporary, 24-7 support to elderly individuals as they recuperate after a period of physical illness or surgery.
The aim of most convalescent care facilities is to restore a person’s ability to manage everyday tasks like feeding, washing and dressing. Once the patient has fully recovered, and, most importantly, feels ready to do so, they will return home and resume their usual routine.
A convalescent care program aims to bridge the gap between hospital and home, giving family members peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for by medically trained staff during the often difficult-to-navigate transitional period.
At Jackman’s Lodge, we are a trusted residential care home, depended on by many for short-term convalescent rehabilitation. Our convalescent care facilities are designed to cater to a range of patient needs, from cooking and cleaning to personal care.
If you’d like to find out more about the convalescent rehabilitation we offer at Jackman’s Lodge, get in touch with one of our fully-qualified, friendly team members today who will be happy to talk you through our current convalescent care program.
What Might Convalescent Rehabilitation Look Like?
During the period of time an individual is receiving convalescent care after surgery, nurses and doctors inside the care home will take care of their physical treatment, including administering medication and wound care. Convalescent care facilities are stocked with all the necessary medical and surgical supplies, eliminating the need for families to acquire, learn to use, and maintain these products themselves.
A patient will also undertake occupational therapy as part of their convalescent care program, designed to allow individuals to begin to regain independence when it comes to performing daily tasks, such as dressing and bathing after an operation.
Physical therapy is also an extremely important aspect of convalescent rehabilitation, aiming to improve an individual’s overall strength through regular exercise, tailored to the needs of the individual.
When is Post-Operative Rehabilitation and Convalescent Care Necessary?
Convalescent rehabilitation could be required under multiple circumstances. If your loved one is experiencing significant pain after surgery, needs wound care, requires physiotherapy, or is unable to move freely, these could be clear indicators that convalescent rehabilitation could be necessary.
In addition, if you live far away from your loved one and are concerned about their ability to care for themselves following surgery or illness, post-operative rehabilitation and convalescent care could offer the much-needed peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for during the recovery period.
At Jackman’s Lodge, we understand that it can sometimes be hard to accept that you might need some extra help caring for someone you love. Our specialist team is fully trained and will always put the needs of your loved one first, so you can rest assured that your family member will receive the highest level of care possible to ensure a swift recovery.
What Does a Convalescent Care Program Aim to Achieve?
The primary goal of a convalescent care program is to provide patients with short-term physical care and mental support following surgery or illness. Offering a warm, home-like environment, post-operative rehabilitation and convalescent care strives to allow individuals the time to recuperate and recover with the main aim being to return home when the patient is strong and healthy enough to do so.
Returning home after a hospital stay might seem like the most appropriate stepping stone in your loved one’s journey to making a complete recovery. However, patients who undertake convalescent rehabilitation in a care home are significantly less likely to be admitted back into hospital than those who choose to return home.
If you have any questions about the convalescent rehabilitation program we offer here at Jackman’s Lodge, or would like to discuss your loved one’s requirements in further detail, please do get in touch with one of our highly experienced, friendly team members today. Call us on 01483 694299 and we’ll be happy to provide further details and expert guidance on how we can help your loved one after surgery.