Does your elderly loved one need to have surgery? If so, depending on what the surgery is, they are going to need anywhere from a couple of days to weeks of recovery time. In some cases, it may be even longer than that.

It is important that have someone to help them with their recovery process. You could hire an elder care provider to assist them. However, it is still beneficial for you to know ways to help with your elderly loved one’s surgery recovery process.

Creating a List of Things Your Elderly Loved One Needs

If you are going to hire an elder care provider to help your loved one after their surgery, it would be helpful if you made them a list of things they need. Some of the things that your elderly loved one may need include the following:

  • Medications
  • Healthy foods and snacks
  • A cane or walker (if prescribed or recommended by their doctor)
  • Compression socks
  • Braces

If these items are brought to your elderly loved one’s home before they get home from surgery, things will be a lot easier once they are home.

Preparing Their Home

If you want to make it easier for your elderly loved one when they get home from surgery, it is important to get their home ready. This might include the following:

  • Cleaning their house
  • Moving the furniture around to make it easier for them to get around
  • Stocking the fridge and cupboards with food
  • Removing any obstacles that may be in the way
  • Put remote controls, books, and phones where they can be easily reached
  • Take out any rugs that they could easily slip on
  • Make a bed for them on the 1st floor of the house


If these things are done before your elderly loved one comes home from the hospital, they will be able to start their recovery and do better throughout their recovery.

Getting Them to Appointments for Follow-Ups

It is also important that someone is able to take your elderly loved one to any follow-up appointments they have with their surgeon or doctor. You can have their elder care provider do this if needed.

Knowing About All Restrictions

People who have just had surgery are usually going to have some restrictions. It is important that someone talks to the surgeon or doctor to find out what restrictions your elderly loved one is going to have when they go home. Their elder care provider can be there to make sure your loved one is following through with all restrictions.

These are some of the ways that you can help your elderly loved one to recover well from their surgery. If they follow these tips, the recovery process can go much smoother.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Atascadero, CA, please contact the friendly staff at San Luis Obispo Caregivers.
Call today: (805) 748-2614



David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.