Although many patients are able to move well after surgery, they find they are unable to do everything for themselves when they return home. Movement restrictions and having to use an aid for walking for at least six weeks are often barriers to doing simple tasks like bathing, cleaning and preparing food. If you live alone, you should consider:
- Discussing the option of having a family member or friend stay with and assist you for a period of time after surgery
- The possibility of staying with family or friends after surgery, until you feel comfortable to manage at home on your own
- Another option is to look into staying in a respite (short stay) bed after surgery. Arrangements for these accommodations should be made 2-3 months in advance of surgery. For more information, please visit southwesthealthline.ca for a list of respite (short stay) bed options in Retirement of Long Term Care facilities in your area. Please note that you (or someone on your behalf) will have to contact these facilities to enquire about bed availability, services included vs. extra fee and cost for the short term stay and to confirm the final reservation.