Having surgery is a big deal, as it can be a stressful time for even the most organized and prepared person. So if one of your parents is going to have surgery, you should spend some time with them to help them prepare. That means taking care of their health, telling them as much as you can about the procedure and getting to know who will be taking care of them, just after the surgery. Planning ahead of the surgery can help you and your parents stay stress-free and relaxed. Although preparing for the surgery depends on your diagnosis, there are certain tips that you can follow to make your parents physically and emotionally ready for it. Go out of your way to care for your elderly parent. Image courtesy: Shutterstock So follow these tips to ensure your parent stays in good physical and emotional state for a surgery: The days leading up to surgery Make sure your parents eat a healthy diet, as prescribed by the doctor and drink plenty of fluids. Practice relaxation exercises to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote sleep as it is really important for a successful surgery. Convince your parents to exercise regularly so that they can feel physically and mentally strong before the surgery. Try to have positive conversations about the surgery and its results, so that they don’t fear it. If there’s any doubt, share the questions and concerns with your doctor, so there will be no chance of confusion. Familiarise your parents with the procedure of the surgery so they aren’t left wondering. Pack a bag with the essentials you’ll need at the hospital for your parents.
Also, read: World Mental Health Day: Importance of mental health of caregivers for elderly people The day of surgery Before you head out of the door, consider what kind of shape you’ll be in when you return home. So, prepare your home accordingly. Because of stress, your parents might avoid eating or drinking on the day of surgery, but don’t let that happen. Ensure they have a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of liquids as well. Spend some time with your parent. Image courtesy: Shutterstock You can also bring a book or magazine or something to read to your parents to divert their mind from all the stress. If your parents want to speak up about something, listen to them and help them accordingly. Plan for their medications in advance, because a patient may feel pain, pressure or a burning sensation, where they were operated on. So, keep the medicines ready with you. After the surgery, Plan a proper diet replete with nutrients. Let your parents rest as much as they can. Spend some time with them, so they don’t feel alone. It’s common for parents to focus solely on their children and neglect their personal needs. So, you are the one there who can help them!