Preparing for Recovery
Stay Safe and Heal Quickly

Preparing for recovery is absolutely essential and one of your surgery that you can play a really active role in. The better you are prepared the faster you will heal and get back to an active life.

It is essential that you begin preparing for your recovery well before you have surgery.

Man on crutches

Although almost everyone looks forward to returning home after a stay in hospital but it can also be a daunting time. Most people are concerned about how they'll manage, that is a normal response to the unknown and will help motivate you to do all that it takes to make your recovery as easy as possible.

Without adequate planning for your convalescence life is going to be tough.

The key to a successful recovery is forward planning and adequate support.

If you live on your own you need to start thinking about who can help you. If you live with family or friends ask yourself if they are really the right people for the job. I suggest you start your preparations by reading "Getting Help After Surgery" which is full of ideas and advice about how to get the support you need during the rehabilitation phase.

Once that's done, and you know who is available, you can start preparing for recovery in finer detail.

You will need to think about: -

  • Help after surgery - you're going to need some support.
  • What alterations do you need to make to your furniture and home?
  • What sort of equipment can you get to help make life easier and safer?
  • How you will get fed? Shopping, cooking and washing up.
  • How you will stay clean? You, your clothes and your home.
  • Where you will exercise - physiotherapy is essential to your recovery?
  • How you will stay entertained?
  • How you will get your medication?
  • How will you get to your hospital appointments?
  • How you'll get a good night's sleep
  • And general safety issues such as how to tackle the stairs?

The best tip I can give you to help you in preparing for recovery is to watch what you do at every moment of the day and work out how you will do that after the operation when you'll be on crutches.

You will start to notice things that you have never thought of before and in noticing them now you can sort out a way to deal with them post-op.

Preparing for Recovery
A simple example

Janey lives alone in a flat on the 2nd floor of a converted house. Before her operation Janey became actively involved in preparing for her own recovery. She monitored her everyday activities and soon realised she wouldn't want to be running up and down stairs to let visitors in. What should she do? Her first idea was to have sufficient keys cut for everyone that was likely to call around but this was going to be expensive and there was no way she could get all the keys delivered to the people in time. Instead she bought a roll of string and lowered the keys out of the window! Simple but effective!

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