Tips For Creating a Calm Home After an Operation

How to Cultivate a Peaceful Environment Post Surgery

Have you undergone an invasive surgery and need time to recuperate? Home is where you can take some much-needed rest. However, cultivating a relaxing environment will help you reach recovery much faster than a stressful one.

A few simple tweaks are all it takes to bring out a restful atmosphere in your home. She Is You shares some tips on setting a calming ambiance post surgery so you can rest easy afterward. 

Preparing Your House 

Whether or not you need to prepare your home prior to surgery, depends on the type of operation you are undergoing. You may not need much downtime at all. However,  enlisting the help of friends and family will help create a comfortable vibe and will assist in knocking off items on your to-do list while you recuperate.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, common post-op side effects include nausea, vomiting, and some swelling. As a result, you may not be able to move much the first few days so sleeping on the bottom floor will prove to be much easier if your bedroom is on the second floor. Also, the right equipment needed to get around your home, such as a seated scooter or crutches will need to be considered so that you can make the right accommodations and have some mobility if instructed to do so.

Furthermore, stock your pantry prior to going to the hospital, so you’ll have one less errand to run one the way home. You may even get someone to cook meals for you or prepare frozen meals yourself pre-op, so they’re readily available when you get home. 

Take Precaution

Post surgery situations can leave us vulnerable in cases such as a fall or the possibility of bumping into a table or falling over an object. To prevent any pitfalls post surgery, install night lights, a desk lamp near your bed, and keep dark areas of the home well lit so that you can see at night. 

Shape.com notes that it’s also important to clear any clutter from your home because you may be too tired to clean and it prevents any accidents. If you are able to move around, keep items from getting in the way by clearing out the floors, walkways and other areas of the home where traffic tends to be high. 

Pets may also get in the way or want to play, causing you to trip over them. At least for the first 1 or 2 weeks, have someone keep your pet so that you can get around easily without the hassle of feedings, playtimes and walking. 

Take It Easy

Take it easy after surgery to allow your body to recover efficiently. Additional things you can do for a more restful recovery are making sure that everything that you will need is at arm’s length such as a phone, in case of an emergency. 

Bathroom Break 

Should you need to use the bathroom or take a bath and there is no one there to help you, there are trained professionals who can recommend caregivers to assist you and may help install floor mats and bars in the tub to avoid a slip. Also, place shampoo and other skincare products within arms reach and make sure that the bathroom floor is always dry. 

To make mobility much easier, try everyday items with long attachments, such as a shoehorn, bath brush or sponge or sock aids-items with long attachments on them so you aren’t reaching too far. 

Tools for Better Health

These days, it’s easier than ever to give your health the attention it needs. Whether you’re recovering from surgery or in pique physical health, give these innovations a try:

  • NuCalm takes a scientific approach to helping you neutralize stress, which has benefits that range from improved relationships to better sleep habits and more energy.
  • Natscent has a variety of sanitizing products that will purify your home while leaving behind calming or invigorating scents.
  • Look for a dentist that implements SleepArchiTx, a solution for those whose sleep issues are attributed to oral health.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and never over-exert yourself. Always remember that a calm and peaceful environment is a surefire way to recover properly from an operation. Post surgery downtime can be tough, however, by treating yourself well during recovery, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. 

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