Post-Op Home Care After Surgery

Caring For You Post-Surgery At Home Where You Want to Be

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Let us help you with post-op care.

Recovering from surgery can be difficult, and the last thing anyone wants is to spend more time in the hospital than absolutely necessary.

Let Heavenly help YOU with your post-operative care.  Our nurses and caregivers can keep you safe and comfortable in your own home!

Why Choose Home Care After Surgery?

Surgery of any type can be stressful, and healing in a hospital setting can prolong your stress. When transitional care or having a loved one care for you is not an option, post-operative home care with a home health care services agency can alleviate the burden of healing from surgery.

In a recent medical study (2022) looking into senior post-op patients, over 41% of readmissions were potentially avoidable. On average, patients who readmitted only spent between 5 and 18 days at home before accumulating over $600 in avoidable readmission costs.[1] Post-op home care can help reduce the stress, danger, and cost of avoidable hospital readmissions.

Whether you need short-term care, such as assistance with pain management and ambulation after a hip replacement, or longer term nursing care after a more invasive surgical procedure, Heavenly Care is here to help you stay and heal where you are most comfortable: at home.


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My husband had knee surgery and there is no way I could have done it without them.  They were dependable and helped with many other things I didn’t even realize I needed. Thank you Heavenly Care!

– Dottie T


Forever grateful for Heavenly’s care

Heavenly Care helped my Mom after her discharge home from surgery. I didn’t know what to do or what to expect. From the first night, I knew I made the right decision. They were responsive, caring, and gave both me and my Mom such peace of Mind. They knew how to move her and helped her so much for the first few weeks. She regained her strength, and we will be forever grateful for Heavenly’s care.

– Kathy

Heavenly Care At-Home Post-Op Care Services

Heavenly Care Home Health has a full range of skilled services for older adults as well as patients of all ages.

Post Procedure In-Home (Or Hotel) Recovery Care

Includes assessing, transportation before and/or after procedures, monitoring, medication administration, as ordered by a physician, errands, meal prep, light housekeeping, comfort care, and even pet care.

Non-Medical Post Procedure Care

Includes transportation before and/or after procedures, picking up medications, medication reminders, meal prep, light housekeeping, comfort care, pet care, and errands to help you maintain your household while you focus on healing.

Pre and Post Procedure Transportation

Transportation both pre-and post-operatively is one of the most important considerations when undergoing surgery. Our caregivers will safely transport you both to and from your procedure.

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Frequently Asked Questions About
Post-Procedure Home Care Services

Undergoing surgery can be difficult as well as physically and mentally challenging. We’ve answered some of your most commonly asked questions below.

What To Do If You Have No One To Take Care Of You After Surgery?

Not everyone has family members or other loved ones available to take care of them after surgery, and transitional care into a skilled nursing facility is not always needed or possible.

In-home care after surgery allows you to heal under the proper medical supervision with the necessary assistance you need to recover while in the comfort of your own home.

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What Do You Need At Home After Surgery?

Everyone’s circumstances with post-operative in-home care are different. Your dedicated case manager will create a custom care plan so that you can be sure that you have the support you need to heal at home.

What Kind of Caregiver Will I Need Post-Procedure?

Depending on what your post-surgery care requires, you may be assigned different types of care providers.  

The type of surgery you need will largely dictate the type of care provider you need. Medical care such as tending to IVs or wound care requires a registered nurse or other skilled nursing professional, whereas if your care needs are limited to activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, and transportation to follow-up appointment, home health aides or experienced caregivers might be more appropriate for your circumstances.

How Often Should A Caregiver Visit After Surgery?

How often a caregiver visits while you recover from surgery in your own home depends on your specific needs.

If your procedure was a routine outpatient procedure after which you need basic assistance such as a little assistance with mobility, grocery shopping, and light housekeeping, your caregiver may visit a couple of times per week. If your surgery was more intensive and you have longer term medical needs, your caregiver may be in your home every day until you’ve fully recovered.

Together with your care team, we will create a plan that fits your needs and leaves you feeling fully supported.

How Long Will I Need Post-Operative Care?

Depending on the type of surgery you receive, your overall health, and how you’re healing, you could need post-operative home care anywhere from only a few days to several months. If you experience complications post-surgery, you may need help for longer periods of time.

What Are The Most Common Complications After Surgery?

After surgery, there are several potential complications that can arise, depending on the surgery itself and the individual patient. Some of the most common post-op complications include:

  • Infection: Infections can occur at the surgical site when bacteria or other enter the surgical incision. Symptoms may include redness, swelling, pain, warmth, or discharge from the incision site. 
  • Bleeding: Some surgeries carry the risk of bleeding  after the procedure. Excessive bleeding may require additional hospital stay for a blood transfusion or surgical intervention to control the bleeding.
  • Blood clots: Surgery, especially those  that involve long periods of immobility, can increase the risk of blood clots. These clots can form in the legs or travel to the lungs Symptoms include pain, swelling, redness in the affected limb, and difficulty breathing. Blood clots can be serious and any signs or symptoms should be reported to your caregiver immediately.
  • Pneumonia: After surgery, especially procedures involving the abdomen or chest, there is a risk of developing pneumonia due to difficulty clearing secretions from the lungs.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs): Catheterization or other procedures that involve the urinary tract can increase the risk of UTIs. Symptoms include pain or burning during urination, frequent urination, and cloudy or bloody urine.
  • Wound dehiscence: This term refers to the partial or complete opening of a surgical incision. Wounds may reopen due to factors such as poor wound healing, infection, excessive strain on the incision and requires immediate medical attention.

This is not a comprehensive list of potential post-op complications, and not everyone who undergoes surgery will experience any of the complications listed above. 

However, if you are someone who has a history of post-surgical complications, medical supervision may be necessary throughout your healing. Home care after surgery can help ensure that you are healing well and that any potential complications are addressed immediately.

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