Hip replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed on seniors, with over 300,000 performed per year. However, if you are experiencing it for the first time, hip replacement can be a scary situation. The best thing you can do to prepare for the procedure is to take steps to have a comfortable and healthy recovery. Today, the experts at Phoenix Home Care share a few tips you can follow to ensure your hip replacement recovery is as smooth as possible.
After your surgery, your mobility will be substantially limited. Before your surgery, take some time to prepare your home for that reality. Tidy up and remove clutter so it will be easier to move around your home. Check your stair railings to ensure they are secure. Bring the things you will need to your main resting area, such as a phone charger, television remote, laptop, medications, etc. Move low-height tables away from your couch and chairs. Getting your home ready for your recovery is an essential step and can make all the difference in your comfort.
Don’t Do It Alone
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can handle everything themselves after surgery. Though you may be up and walking within a week, there will still be many activities you can’t do on your own. Whether it is meal preparation, household chores, caring for your pet, managing your medication, or your personal hygiene needs — a helping hand is essential during your recovery. Hiring a home health professional ensures you have a skilled caregiver on hand to help you get through the most challenging portion of your recovery.
Eat for Healing
Your pre- and post-surgery nutrition is an integral part of the recovery process. The foods you eat can help your body to heal faster and help fight potential infections. Before your surgery, go shopping for whole, healthy foods. Your shopping list should include leafy greens like kale and spinach, healthy fats like avocados and nuts, and high protein foods like poultry and seafood. Try preparing a stew with beans, greens, meats, and whole grains to provide several healthy meals to eat after your surgery. Give your body the fuel it needs to heal!
Contact Phoenix Home Care for Professional Assistance
If you are facing a hip replacement surgery, consider the professionals at Phoenix Home Care. We will help you achieve a healthy, smooth recovery. Our team can help you get back on your feet, all from the comfort of your own home.