If you've recently had surgery, one of the main goals your doctor will work on toward your recovery is post surgical care to heal properly. You may have been discharged from the hospital into a rehabilitative center, or your doctor released you to go straight home. It's important to have the right medical equipment already set up and in place before you arrive home. Here are some things you'll want to make sure are in place before you are released from the hospital.
Consult With Physical Therapy
Your doctor and care team likely have a plan set in place for home care and what type of equipment you'll need to make your life a little easier. If he hasn't had you consult with a physical or occupational therapist, now is the time to do it. The consultation may result in you needing more specific types of medical equipment and supplies including
- A tailor made brace or support system for the affected area
- Hoyer lift or support system for lifting or bed to wheelchair assist
- Hospital bed
- Stepping system to help with bed to wheelchair or walker transport
Your physical therapist may go beyond what your doctor would order to give you additional support where you need it.
Pre-Approval From Your Insurance Company
Many home medical equipment and supplies are approved right away through most insurance companies. If your insurance company is lagging on pre-approval, you may want to give them a call. Help answer all of their questions and personally explain to them your needs with your recovery. This may help speed up the approval process. Your insurance company will also explain to you what out-of-pocket costs or deductibles that you may be responsible for.
Ordering The Right Equipment
Your doctor will write a prescription for the home equipment and supplies that you'll need. If you have a visiting nurse home health care aide visiting you, they may suggest additional supplies to meet your needs better:
- Bedside commode for easy access to the toilet
- Egg crate mattress for added comfort.
- Over the bed table for eating convenience.
- Shower chair for easier access to bathing.
Making sure you have all of the right tools to getting better should be your top priority. Work with your healthcare provider and home care team to come up with the best solution. For more information on medical equipment, talk to a professional like Lincoln Mobility.