Rehab and Recovery: What to Expect After Surgery

If you or a loved one are scheduled to receive a surgery, you’re likely going through a number of thoughts and emotions. You may be asking yourself what you should expect, how you are going to manage pain, who will help you around the house and whether or not you should go into a rehabilitation program until you are more stable and better on your feet. While the answer may not always be simple, it’s important to consider these questions so you are prepared for what to expect, can recover in a safe and timely manner and get back to your active and engaging lifestyle.

“Many seniors who are going to have a surgery done end up with piles of papers with instructions on what to do afterward, including how to care for themselves, which rehabilitation centers they recommend and what they should and shouldn’t do to recover faster,” says Richard Goldstein, Greenwood House Executive Director at Greenwood House, a not-for-profit, mission-based senior living community located in Ewing, New Jersey. 

“This often leaves seniors confused and stressed out, unsure of what their future may hold. This is why many seniors simply ask their doctor or surgeon where they recommend going afterward, whether it includes recovering at home or in a community setting. The choice depends on the person and their care team, but many seniors opt for a community setting where they can receive rehabilitation and support in one place prior to returning home. This not only takes some of the pressure off of what they need to expect, but can give them peace of mind, support and the confidence they need to return home.”

What to Expect While Recovering

To help make your journey easier, we’ve compiled a list of what you should expect during your rehabilitation and recovery.

  • An array of therapies. From occupational therapy to physical therapy, you may need to partake in a range to restore your previous abilities. These therapists will work with you to ensure you are progressing as needed and as expected.
  • Support with activities of daily living. Our team will always be on hand to help you with dressing, bathing, dining and more to ensure you can be ready to face the day!
  • A need to move your body. The more you exercise and stretch out your muscles, the easier it will be to move them. Our team can customize a program for you to ensure you can improve progress, repair your strength and improve your balance.
  • Important social opportunities. In a community setting, seniors will have the ability to make friends, socialize and participate in a range of programming and activities. Not only does this facilitate healing, but it also boosts spirits, allows for connection and prevents isolation.

To learn more about Greenwood House and how we can help you or a loved one recover from a surgery and boost their confidence upon returning home, give us a call today at (609) 358-0425.

You’ll Love the Way We Care

Offering an array of services including skilled nursing, assisted living, rehabilitation, homecare and hospice care, Greenwood House offers care with a higher purpose. As a not-for-profit, mission-based community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. 

When we opened our doors in 1939, we made a promise to care for seniors, and as their needs evolve and change, so do ours. We take pride in meeting various needs and desires, and providing a lifestyle that enriches lives, increases peace of mind and ensures care for today and tomorrow. 

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our team today at (609) 358-0425.