Safely Recovering from Surgeries or Cardiac Attacks at Home

Safely Recovering from Surgeries or Cardiac Attacks at Home

time icon 4 min read update icon Nov. 26, 2019


The first few weeks at home after a cardiac or surgery can be scary for a senior. Such fears may be even worse if the senior lives alone. However, there are a few steps that can be taken to reduce fears and help the recovery process.


After a cardiac attack, the recovery at home can be slow going. In many instances, it may take six weeks for a person to recover fully, according to Seconds Count. Some people, especially the elderly, may take up to twelve weeks before they start feeling normal again. It is not uncommon for the senior to feel weak and to require frequent rest.

Often a walker or cane must be utilized to move from room to room. Most seniors are also faced with needing to remember to take additional medications that they are not used to taking.

Limitations and Precautions While Recovering from Surgeries or Cardiac Attacks at Home

During the entire recovery process at home, there are specific safety steps that a senior might want to take.

  • Medical Alert Services: Medical alert services keep a senior safe. The individual wears a waterproof pendant that features a small button. If an emergency should occur, the aging individual presses the button on the pendant and is placed in immediate contact with a trained operator who will dispatch emergency medical technicians and remain on the line with the senior until the first responders arrive.
  • Declutter: If the senior is using a cane, walker, or rolling walker, then it is imperative to declutter the home and remove obstacles such as throw rugs.
  • Safety Bars and Rails: Installing safety bars and rails in beside the toilet, in the bath or shower, and in hallways help to stabilize a senior who might be shaky on their feet during recovery.
  • Medication Reminders: A variety of electronic medical devices are available that help a senior keep track of their medication. These devices alert the senior during critical times of the day. Many even dispense the required medicines at certain times.
  • Lighting: Improving the lighting in the home and making it brighter will help a person see clearly see obstacles. Clap lights and voice-activated lights are beneficial when a senior rises from bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, so they don’t have to stumble around in search of a light switch.
  • Digital Assistants: Digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home are ideal to help a senior readjust to life at home. The device makes phone calls for the senior, controls the television, lights, thermostat, and security system, and helps reduce loneliness. The senior can talk to the device using speakers located in each room.

Recovery from surgery or a cardiac attack takes time. Many seniors feel worried, stressed out, and alone while recovering at home. Adding the above ideas to the senior’s daily home routine may reduce the anxiety that the senior is experiencing and make the entire recovery process smoother. Ideally, the aging individual should be focusing on nothing but making a full recovery in the comfort and safety of their own home.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.