If your senior mom is getting ready to have surgery soon, you can help make sure she has everything in order. Here are a few steps that you can take to help make sure Mom is as prepared and as ready as possible.
Help Mom Pack and Plan
Your senior mom will need to pack differently, depending on what type of surgery she’s having. Whether Mom’s surgery is outpatient or going to require a longer stay in a hospital or rehab center, she will need to have all of her paperwork together and have transportation to and from the surgery planned. If Mom’s surgery stay is going to be overnight or longer, help her pack a small overnight bag with any items she may need. Make sure you talk to her doctors about any medications that Mom is currently taking.
Know Mom's Risk of "Frailty"
People who are considered medically “frail” have a higher risk of complications from surgery. Know what makes a person fall under the “frailty phenotype” so you can call attention to Mom’s needs if you are concerned. In order to be considered frail, a person must meet three of the following criteria:
- Weight loss of 10 pounds or more in a year
- Physical exhaustion
- Weak grip strength
- Decline in walking speed
- Lowered physical activity
Make Sure Mom Stays Healthy Beforehand
With continued daily exercise and proper nutrition, Mom can go into her surgery with her healthiest body possible. Exercising and eating right is the best way your senior mom can reduce her risk of frailty. Mom’s lifestyle choices are the biggest predictor in whether or not she is physically ready for surgery, so make sure she is making good decisions and being the healthiest version of herself.