The thought of having heart surgery can be a frightening experience for anyone. If your elderly parent is preparing to undergo heart surgery, helping them to feel more confident and aware of what is happening can reduce their anxiety and make the experience smoother for both of you. Preparation for heart surgery can begin days or even weeks before the surgery if your parent needs to make changes such as getting off certain medications for losing weight. The actual preparation for the procedure, however, will begin the night before. Your parent will likely be told not to eat anything after midnight and may be requested to do other preparations such as using antibacterial soap when bathing. When the day of the surgery finally comes, knowing what to expect can help both of you feel more confident and better prepared.
Some things to expect the day of heart surgery include:
- Review any recommendations at the doctor gave to your parents. This might include removing nail polish and makeup, what to wear, and if they should take their normal medications the morning of the surgery.
- The doctor may perform last minute tests to ensure that your parent is in good enough condition to be undergoing surgery. This might include x-rays, blood tests, and other procedures. Do not hesitate to ask questions and get the information that you need to feel confident.
- Your parents will need to give you all of their personal belongings, including clothing, jewelry, eyeglasses, and other items. Keep these with you in the waiting room so that they can be returned to your parent to have with them during their recovery in the hospital.
- Your parents may feel elevated anxiety prior to going in for their surgery. If your parent is feeling nervous or afraid, do not hesitate to talk to their doctor and get them any last minute information that they need or get other recommendations for easing this anxiety.
- Most often, anesthesiologists will begin putting your parents to sleep for the surgery prior to them going into the operating room. There are many different techniques for accomplishing this and this specialist will select the one that is most appropriate for your parent. It could include them taking an oral medication that will help to relax your parent prior to them receiving an injection of general anesthesia.
- Surgery generally takes between 4 and 6 hours. During this time, it is important that you remain in the waiting room and readily accessible to the medical team. If you have a need to leave the waiting room, make sure that you tell one of the staff and give them a phone number where you can be reached.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your aging loved ones quality of life and support their management of individual challenges, limitations, and issues, now maybe you could heal time for you to start elder care for them. And elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a schedule that is right for both their needs and the care that you already give them. This ensures that your relationship and the efforts that you give them remain at the forefront of their care while both of you can also feel confident that any other needs will be addressed effectively, efficiently, and respectfully. The personalized services that this care provider can offer your parent will be specifically tailored to not just their needs, but also their individual goals, personality, and preferences. This helps them to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable while pursuing independence and engagement.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN YOUNGSVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).