If you have a loved one in the hospital or who is planning to undergo major surgery, consider working with Independence Plus to coordinate his or her home care. We provide clinicians, licensed respiratory care practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, and other home care professionals to ensure that the following recovery-related tasks are properly performed:
• Wound Dressing and Observation
Our clinicians can ensure that the surgical site is kept clean and is properly dressed. If negative-pressure wound therapy is prescribed, our home care specialists can educate the patient and his or her caregivers on setting up and operating the equipment.
• Medication Management
Post-surgical medication such as antibiotics and painkillers must be carefully administered in order to prevent complications. A clinician can oversee dosing, provide medication through a variety of routes, and ensure compliance with physician instructions.
• Catheter and Tracheostomy Care
Any time a tube or apparatus remains in the body for an extended period of time, there is an increased risk of infection. For this reason, proper care must be taken to clean both the surgical site and the equipment. A clinician can cleanse and care for the catheter, and a licensed respiratory care practitioner can show you and other family caregivers how to suction any secretions that may interfere with breathing.
• Physical and Occupational Therapy
If your loved one recently underwent orthopedic surgery or experienced an injury affecting his or her motor skills, physical therapy may be necessary in order to increase strength and range of motion. Occupational therapy may also be indicated in order to encourage the completion of everyday living tasks. Many find that having a rehabilitation specialist visit their home reduces stress and facilitates the healing process.
For more information on the home health services provided by Independence Plus, call (708) 366-4500. Our clinicians, licensed respiratory care practitioners, rehabilitation therapists, and home health aides can help your loved one enjoy a faster and more comfortable recovery.