Contrary to what most people think, general anesthesia does not directly cause cognitive impairment in surgical patients. Researchers found no association between “exposure to anesthesia for surgery and the development of mild cognitive impairment in these patients,” according to David O. Warner, M.D., a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. The research findings are published in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2016). However, the study was conducted on patients age 40 and over, and they do not rule out possible association between exposure to anesthesia and elderly patients over age 60. If you have an elderly loved one who recently underwent surgery, you should consider at least some part-time in-home care assistance should any signs of increased cognitive impairment appear. Affordable after-surgery in-home care is available for families in Diamond Bar and surrounding areas.
The first three months following an operation are critical to patients. “Patients should write down everything or have a second pair of ears with them after surgery. For high-risk groups, physicians need to…help manage the impact on recovery and overall health,” says Professor Beverley Orser of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar provides certified nurse assistants who will help closely monitor and watch for insomnia, behavior changes, a weakened immune system, and loss of balance. Live-in care is especially helpful when the adult children have to work full-time.
Post-operative cognitive decline (POCD) could be temporary or permanent. If you need short-term and long-term care, you have come to the right place. A-1 Home Care in Diamond Bar meets all your non-medical needs and our team of caregivers and care managers work closely with your elderly loved one’s medical team to give you the best possible care in the comfort of your own home. Live-in and live-out caregiver services can be financed through reasonable payment plans; A-1 Home Care also accepts Veteran Benefits and long-term care insurance.
For a free consultation, call A-1 Home Care today (626) 287-0250 or visit www.diamondbarinhomecare.com for elder care services in Diamond Bar and other surrounding cities such as Azusa, Covina, Pomona, City of Industry, Chino, Brea, Glendora, La Verne, and Claremont.