Keeping your loved one safe during post-surgical nursing home care
Your loved one was transferred to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility for post-surgical care. Often times, patients are transferred from hospitals to nursing homes for physical therapy, rehabilitation after some type of surgery. One of the nursing home’s many responsibilities as part of that admission is to monitor and care for that surgical wound that came as a result of the surgery, at the surgical site. Far too often, what happens is that the nursing staff or some of the physicians at the nursing home don’t pay close enough attention to the actual surgical site itself, and as a result, those sites can sometimes become infected and have horrible repercussions for the patient.
So what are some of the things that you can do to prevent this from happening. For one thing it’s important that you ask questions. You ask the nurses and the doctors about the status of that site. How is it healing? Is the wound closing? Is there any signs of infection? Well what are some signs of infection that you can look out for? If you notice any changes in behavior in your loved one at the nursing home.
Certainly, if you start to smell anything, or you see any drainage coming from the wound. These are things you should report to the nursing staff and the physicians as soon as possible, and then follow up and make sure that the issue is being handled. And follow up in the days and weeks to come to make sure that the wound is in fact healing as a result of it.