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Understanding Elderly Post-Surgery Emotions

When providing live-in home care in Boca Raton for an aging loved one after a surgery or medical procedure, your top concerns including making sure he or she is comfortable, is following the plan of care and is in a safe home environment. While all of this is crucial to promote a faster rehabilitation period, a senior’s emotional needs play a large role in the recovery process as well.

One of the most common emotions experienced by seniors following hospitalization is helplessness. Once at home, seniors may experience a sudden vulnerability as the recovery process prevents them from completing certain daily tasks or leaves them immobile for an indefinite amount of time. While they may have your assistance and support, it is easy to feel helpless. When unidentified and untreated, this can lead to more serious risks such as prolonged sadness or depression.

Another emotion that a senior may encounter is fear, which can stem from a variety of things. Even after a successful surgery, a senior may be fearful of complications or they may be concerned that their ability to live independently is threatened. However, the most common reason a senior may be fearful is after a fall. When a senior experiences a fall, it is easy to develop the fear of falling again. This fear may limit their activity level, hindering the recovery process and can even prevent a senior from performing essential tasks such as bathing after the recovery process.

A final post-surgery emotion that family caregivers may fail to recognize is guilt. Adult children often provide care for their aging parent after a surgery, assisting with everything from meal preparation and personal care to medication reminders and transportation. While the caregiver is happy to provide care that ensures their loved one’s safety and overall wellbeing, the senior may feel like a burden. Seniors often feel guilty that their family or children must rearrange their schedule simply to care for them, a role reversal that they are unfamiliar with.

Recognizing the common post-surgery emotions experienced by seniors can help you be the best caregiver possible to an aging parent or loved one. Whether you provide around the clock or part-time care in Boca Raton, by focusing on both the physical and emotional needs of your loved one, he or she can enjoy a full recovery and can return to their regular routines.

If your aging parent or loved one has recently undergone a surgery or medical procedure and you are unable to provide the one-on-one care needed for recovery and rehabilitation, contact Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton today. We are available 24/7 and offer free consultations so we can learn more about your aging loved one as well as individual and family needs to determine the type of care that would fit best. Call 561-826-9282 and speak with a devoted Care Manager – we look forward to hearing from you!