Hip fracture is the most common type of fracture among the elderly after a fall. We’ve put together a list to ensure you and your loved one have a smooth road to recovery following a hip fracture.
How do I care for my loved one recovering from a hip fracture (without having to undergo surgery)?
- Speak to your loved one’s medical/treatment team on the proper caregiving training needed. They can advise you on the proper positioning and transfer techniques for your loved one. Apply for the Caregiver Training Grant which can help subsidise the training cost.
- For proper bone alignment, a period of bed rest or confinement is recommended. Ensure your loved one avoids placing weight on their affected leg.
How do I care for my loved one recovering from a hip fracture surgery?
- Be sure to follow post-op and weight-bearing instructions from your loved one’s surgeon. If implants were used, it is important to note how much weight can be put on the affected leg.
- While taking a shower, ensure the surgical site stays dry. Speak to the hospital team on proper instructions for a wound dressing change, and when the stitch removal appointment will be.
How can I support my loved one in their daily activities?
How can I make the home a safe place for recovery?
- Before your loved one moves back home, speak to their therapist or hospital team on healthcare or mobility equipment, such as a hospital bed, wheelchair or commode.
- For home modifications, such as grab bars or assistive devices, you can contact HDB for installation or engage your own contractor to make these mobility-friendly fixtures at home.
What can I do to ensure my loved one’s safety outside home?
- Encourage them to wear non-slip shoes, and advise against wearing slippers when going out.
- When walking, use assistive aids, such as a walking frame, to maintain stability and prevent falls.
What are some red flags to look out for during their home recovery? Please seek immediate medical attention if your loved one has any of these signs.
- If they experience sharp pain that does not go away after taking painkillers.
- Signs of an infection include fever, unusual skin conditions such as pressure sores, swelling, or pus/discharge around the wound site.
- If they experience a sudden loss of mobility/limb function or experience sudden severe pain at the recovery site, it may be a sign of improper bone healing.
- Swelling, pain/tenderness, warm sensation on lower limbs, shortness of breath or chest pain are signs of deep vein thrombosis.
- If your loved one’s bowel movements are unusual, speak to a pharmacist on a treatment plan.
Are there other forms of support for caregivers like me?
Yes, there are. At AIC, you can find support for the following:
You can also reach out to us for support:
AIC Hotline: 1800 650 6060
(Mon-Fri: 830am to 830pm ; Sat: 830am to 4pm)
You can also visit an AIC Link branch near you.
For more information on general hospital discharge or for other specialised treatments, you may tap on one of the following:
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