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Returning Home after Surgery

Surgery is never a pleasant experience, but one that has to be endured. Recovering from the procedure may take a long time and if that is the case, a large part of the healing process will be done at home. How you get home from the hospital, how you manage at home and how you travel when you need to during the recovery phase all contribute to how fast you return to your normal lifestyle.

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Going Home

How you travel home depends on the type of surgery you have undergone. Even if you are mobile, doctors often advise against travel by car as the stress of getting in and out and sitting upright during the journey could at the least, leave you overly tired and at the worst, cause complications to your condition. The best way to travel home, if car travel is not advised, is to use a Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT) service. Their special vans are designed to carry those in wheelchairs or stretchers in safety and comfort. You will be picked up at the hospital entrance and dropped at your front door.

Setting Up Your House

      ·        If you know you can’t climb stairs after the operations, rearrange the house before you go to the hospital. Make sure that everything you need is on the lower floor – sleeping area, bathroom, food preparation space, entertainment, communications, etc.


     ·        If you know you can’t climb stairs after the operations, rearrange the house before you go to the hospital. Make sure that everything you need is on the lower floor – sleeping area, bathroom, food preparation space, entertainment, communications, etc.


     ·        If special equipment like oxygen tanks, shower seats and so on will have to be used when you return home, have all these in place before you go in for the surgery.


     ·        Remove all carpets, rugs and other items that may cause you to trip and fall or obstruct the movement of your wheelchair.


     ·        Remove all carpets, rugs and other items that may cause you to trip and fall or obstruct the movement of your wheelchair.


Traveling

There will be times during your recovery that you may have to travel to go for checkups, tests, or other things that you must be present for. Travel by car or public transport such as taxis may not be advisable. This is another instance where you should use NEMT. They will pick you up from your home, take you where you need to go, be on standby till you are done and then take you home. In case you are traveling alone, the specially trained drivers will be able to provide you with the assistance and support you need during your journey.

NEMT is not as expensive as many people presume so there is no need to hesitate about using it. And anyway, your health, in the form of your recovery, is your first priority. Finding the right NEMT can make your recovery a lot easier for you and your caregivers. 

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