You may think that after-surgery care is just about getting your body back to its usual self. In reality, your physical recovery is only one part of the picture. Of course, it’s about taking care of your body, but it’s also about taking care of all of you.
We believe that after-surgery care should include things like building confidence and mobility. Things like ensuring that you’re taking your medications but also that you’re taking it easy.
Our team of nurses, rehabilitation specialists, home health aides, and social workers helps with all aspects of care, so you or your loved one can recover fully and safely at home.
VNS Health Can Help You Recover from Surgery If You Need:
- Time to recover — like bed rest, a period of light lifting only, or time off work
- Medical care for your incision site
- Education or guidance about what to expect as you recover
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Help around the house or with errands
- Medication monitoring
- Other physical, emotional, or mental support
Our After-Surgery Care Team Helps You Be Your Best
Your VNS Health care team is made up of many different people with many different skills. This means that no matter what your recovery process looks like, we can connect you with the best care.
Nurses Who Provide Care and Education
Following surgery, you may need more care than your friends and family can provide. A VNS Health nurse can help fill these gaps, making your transition home smoother and giving you and your family peace.
Your nurse can:
- Help you recover in the comfort of your own home
- Review your care needs and keep track of your recovery
- Make sure that you understand your medications and take them correctly
- Talk to your doctor about your recovery progress
- Help you get and use any medical tools needed in your recovery
We want you to feel confident in managing your own care and taking an active role in your recovery. That’s why our nurses also provide the education you and your family need to help you recover, even when your VNS Health nurse isn’t there.
Rehab Therapists Who Challenge and Cheer You On
After surgery, VNS Health rehab therapists work with you in your recovery process. Our rehab therapists help you set goals for recovery and then cheer you on along the way. Everyone needs someone in their corner — to support you and also to challenge you.
Rehabilitation therapy can include:
- Physical therapy: Build up your balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength.
- Occupational therapy: Regain your fine motor control — especially after a physical injury or stroke.
- Speech-language therapy: Relearn to speak, improve swallowing, and develop communication techniques.
Our team doesn’t just want you to get better — we also want you to build confidence and independence after surgery.
Social Workers Who Value Your Mental Health
Recovering from surgery isn’t just about healing your body — it often includes a mental recovery as well. You may find yourself struggling with anxiety about moving around your home. Or maybe you feel frustrated because certain movements don’t come as easily as they used to. Maybe you feel like more than just your body has changed.
All of these feelings are natural and deserve attention and care — just like your physical recovery.
Your VNS Health nurse can help you work through worries and fear. And if necessary, they’ll bring in a behavioral health nurse or social worker. VNS Health social workers are an important part of our team and an important part of after-surgery care. They can help you navigate the emotions that come with surgery, giving you space to talk and understand your feelings. A VNS Health social worker can also help you practice coping skills for today and for your long-term recovery.
Home Health Aides Who Make Your Life Easier
When you go home after surgery, real-life responsibilities can easily catch up to you. In the hospital, someone is bringing you meals and changing your sheets. Someone reminds you when to take your medications and can answer your questions. There’s no laundry to do, food to cook, or errands to run.
Trying to juggle all of these responsibilities after you come home can be overwhelming — and we want the number one thing on your to-do list to be recovery.
Your postsurgery care plan may include a home health aide who can help prepare meals, accompany you to medical appointments, and assist with personal care.
And if you want assistance beyond what your insurance covers, VNS Health can help with private-pay home health aides. Don’t be afraid to say that you can’t do it all. Sometimes all you need is an extra set of hands to help you heal.
VNS Health offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy to support your safe and swift recovery.
Expert wound care to promote recovery and healing.
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At VNS Health, we know you want the best care possible for your loved one, and we're here to deliver it.