Senior Recovery

Are you hospitalized and aged 75 years or older?

Your recovery does not depend solely on caregiving staff. You and your loved ones also have a role to play.

Tips to facilitate your recovery

(unless your physician advises otherwise)

Get moving!

Staying in bed is your worst enemy
  • Sit in your armchair at least three times a day, at mealtimes.
  • Walk to the bathroom. Walk to the living room with your visitors.
  • Do everything you are capable of: Wash, shave, brush your teeth, get dressed, get up, go to the bathroom, etc.
  • Notify the nurse if pain prevents you from moving.

Get enough food and drink

Whet your appetite!
  • Take your medications with a full glass of water (if there are no limits on how much you can drink).
  • Ask a loved one to bring your favourite snacks (notify staff). You need to eat to build your strength.
  • Wear your dental prostheses if applicable.

Prevent constipation

(3 or more days without bowel movements)
  • Eat, drink, and get moving to prevent constipation.
  • Speak to your nurse if you feel constipated.
  • Limit the use of the bedpan and of incontinence pants if you can.

Get some sleep

  • Inform us of your sleep habits (e.g.: bed against the wall, music, herbal teas, etc.) if possible.
  • Wear ear plugs if your condition allows it.
  • Avoid long naps during the day. Do not lie down all day. Do not go to bed too early at night.

Prevent disorientation and confusion

  • Engage in any activity that will keep your mind active (e.g.: crossword puzzles, puzzles, cards, etc.)
  • Wear your glasses and hearing aids, if applicable.
  • Bring pictures of your loved ones, your music, or familiar objects. Not responsible for personnal belongings. Leave your valuables at home.

Plan your discharge

  • Plan who will go to the pharmacy and who will stay at home with you.
  • Notify staff immediately if, at your home, you need to go up a flight of stairs, need to adapt your bathroom, and so on.

For family and loved ones

A family presence is both important and reassuring

  • Two healthy visitors are authorized per person under normal circumstances.
  • Wash your hands before entering and before leaving the room.
  • Bring your lunch and eat with your loved one who is lodged.
  • Encourage your loved one to move as much as possible, even in bed: to turn sideways in bed, to rotate his wrists and ankles, to swing his arms and legs, etc. 
  • Walk down the hallway with your loved one if he has sufficient balance and endurance (speak to the nurse or rehabilitation specialist).
  • Respect rest periods.
  • Remind your loved one that he is at the hospital and of the reasons for his hospitalization.
  • Remind him of the current time of day: hour, day, date, and season.
  • Designate a relative who can unite the family and keep others informed.

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