Long-Term Care After Surgery: What Are Your Options?
Serious surgeries often require extensive periods of recovery and rest afterward. You or your loved on have several different options when it comes to choosing care after surgery. Some options can save you money, while others offer better access to high-quality services for a higher fee. So listen to the doctors’ advice, explore your choices, and plan for outpatient and after-surgery care beforehand so you know you are choosing the best option for a full recovery.
Staying for an Extended Period of Time
For especially serious surgeries that require close monitoring, you can expect at least a temporary stay at the hospital or clinic itself. Generally hospitals want to make sure that patients fully stabilize and will not hurt themselves trying to go back home before they are released. Of course this has plenty of advantages – namely, immediate care and expertise if anything goes wrong. However, it is also likely to be the most expensive option for care after surgery, which is one reason patients are eager to go home as soon as they can.
At Home Care
At home care is suitable for more minor surgeries and surgeries that do not need a lot of expertise during the recovery period. In this case, much of the recovery is done at home, but with professional medical products and possibly visits from medical experts to check up on the patients. Beyond ordering medical products (which could include anything from catheters and swabs to medication and oxygen tanks), this is one of the least expensive options, although it also offers little professional care and depends on family members for support.
Therapy and Recovery Programs
Therapy and recovery programs are suitable after a successful surgery that nevertheless requires programs to help the patient recover completely. This is especially true when a patient needs to regain mobility, muscle strength, or other important capabilities. Here the patient is taken to attend frequent sessions at clinics that specialize in therapy or recovery. In some cases this may occur while the patient is still at the hospital, the goal being to give the patient the necessary abilities to go back home.
Advanced At Home Care with Nurse Services
In some cases, especially those involving elderly patients, a more aggressive home hospice strategy is needed. Here home care is combined with the services of a qualified nurse or other professional who takes care of the patient. Sometimes the professional stops by during the day to maintain equipment, help with physical therapy, or perform other tasks. Sometimes a live-in nurse helps out for patients in more delicate circumstances. While expensive, this is typically less expensive than taking up a bed in a hospital.
Care facilities are a compromise between home care and hospital care. They are clinics and organizations devoted to helping patients recover from the serious surgeries, particularly surgeries that lead to a long-term change in how they live their lives. This care and rehabilitation facilities may be the ideal solution for elderly patients or those who want to avoid steep hospital fees.