Home postoperative care is a critical time for many people. Hospital procedures, no matter how simple can be a scary and confusing experience, there is often a steep learning curve to understand how to care for themselves a family member or friend. This usually involves learning about disability and mobility equipment and seeking out service providers to support short or long term recovery needs.
It is always a good idea to discuss postoperative home recovery with a healthcare professional and identify any disability or mobility aids that are recommended to support the various phases of recovery. This will allow time to learn about these aids and find a service provider to supply the items required.
Disability Aids Choices
It is not always necessary to buy all disability aids unless the post operation recovery need is medium or long term. Expensive equipment items can be hired and returned at the end of the relevant recovery phase. Suppliers of this type of equipment can generally advise the most likely used items for the type of procedure that you are having but are not qualified to assess your needs for therapeutic disability and mobility aids.
Disability Aids Hygiene
Hygiene is a critical concern when recovering postoperatively. You are usually in a weakened and fragile state and therefore susceptible to infections. As most infections are transported upon surfaces, it is most important that any disability aids that you hire be thoroughly clean. You should satisfy yourself that the equipment supplier uses hygiene systems that are apparent at the time you collect the item/s or when they are delivered. You should satisfy yourself that the supplier has proven that the item/s have been fully cleaned and decontaminated prior to receiving them. Avoid aids with fabric coverings in preference wipeable surfaces.
Prior to your procedure it is wise to arrange for the hire and / or purchase of the aids you may require so that they are set up at home when you arrive. Arranging this in advance enables time for you to get used to the aids, how they work and locate them where they can best assist you when you come home.
Many people using disability and mobility aids and equipment for the first time do not always get the most from their aids by using them to their full extent. It is important to let the disability aid support your needs until you are strong enough to become independent of them. It is always best to be guided by your healthcare professional in terms of recovery. We sometimes think we are stronger than we really are which can put us at risk of injury when we want to move about independently before we are physically recovered enough to do so.
Contacts for Help
If you have any questions regarding this article or about buying or hiring disability equipment, you can contact our friendly team by phone 1300 460 070 or send us an email.
Please feel free to add you own comment and experiences. Whether you agree or disagree with this article we appreciate any feedback that assist others to achieve a better experience with their Postoperative Home Care.
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