Post-Surgery Recovery: 8 Supplies for After Hospital Care at Home

Declan Davey

Written by Declan Davey on Wed May 12 2021.

Post-Surgery Recovery: 8 Supplies for After Hospital Care at Home

If you or a loved one have been hospitalized for planned or unplanned reasons, discharge is something to look forward to after what may have been a rough few days or weeks. Unfortunately, the transition to after-hospital care at home isn’t always so simple. 

Many people don’t realize that while it’s great to recover in familiar surroundings, the home environment isn’t ideal for someone with limited mobility or advanced healthcare needs. Luckily, these eight products can help you — as a patient or caregiver — feel better equipped for hospital discharge:

8 Supplies for After Hospital Care at Home

Hand-held reacher

If you’ve just had surgery, your range of movement may be somewhat limited. This can make reaching for items in high or low places more difficult, and even painful. By using a hand-held reacher, you’ll be able to pick up daily items such as remotes, pillboxes, or food containers with a lot less hassle.

McKesson Hand-Held Reacher

Prices from: $11.99

Sizes: 26.5 inches or 32 inches 

Key features:

  • Extremely helpful for after hospital care at home, to pick up items that are difficult to reach

  • Examples of use include reaching items that have dropped on the floor or items on high shelves

  • Minimize bending and stretching movements that may harm post-surgery recovery

  • Ultra-lightweight frame made of durable aluminum and plastic to resist wear 

  • Includes a full handgrip to allow the use of all four fingers for greater grip strength

  • Pistol trigger design demands only require 7 oz. of pressure from the user

  • Reacher jaws open 2.5 inches wide to pick up larger objects

  • Non-slip rubber tabs and magnetic tips latch onto items more securely

Blood pressure monitors

During your post-surgery recovery, your doctor or health care practitioner may advise you to keep track of your blood pressure to measure how well the body is moving blood through your arteries. 

Both low and high blood pressure carry their own risks. For example, low blood pressure may leave you or your loved one more vulnerable to having falls after surgery. And high blood pressure may increase the chance of a cardiovascular event.

Regular measurements, either daily or several times a day, can provide you with reassurance that your blood pressure is in good check.

McKesson Blood Pressure Cuff

Prices from: $16.99

Sizes: 7.2 – 10.5, 9.0 – 15.7, or 13.3 – 19.6 Inch Arm Circumference 

Key features:

  • Reusable blood pressure monitor for peace of mind during post-surgery recovery

  • Hand-held and pocket-sized for practical use

  • Navy blue nylon cuff with easy-read range markings

  • Comes with an inflation bladder and bulb and an enamel 300mmHg manometer 

  • Also includes a chrome-plated deflation valve and zippered carry case

  • 5-year calibration warranty and 1-year inflation system warranty to guarantee security

Rinse-free bath wipes

Limited range of motion following surgery can also affect bathing. Stocking up on bath wipes can help navigate this potential issue, especially for caregivers or those who are bedridden. 

The rinse-free wipes below don’t fulfill just one job. They are designed to act as a body wash, shampoo, and cleanser for sensitive areas.

Aloe Vesta Rinse-Free Bath Wipes

Prices from: $5.99

Sizes: Pack of 8 wipes

Key features:

  • 8 pH balanced, pre-moistened cloths

  • Conditions and moisturizes hard to reach places

  • Multi-purpose body wash, shampoo, and perineal cleanse

  • Microwaveable

  • Pleasantly scented and no rinsing required

  • Safe for use in sensitive areas of the body, such as between the anus and genitals

  • CHG compatible

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Bath bench

A bath bench is handy in every household, but it can be particularly useful for the transition after surgery. The benefits are pretty obvious. Users can safely rest on the bench as they bathe, rather than having to stand uncomfortably in a shower.

It’s also easier to get up from a seated position rather than a laying down position in a bathtub.

McKesson Bath Bench

Prices from: $31.99

Sizes: Without a backrest, or with removable backrest

Key features:

  • Aluminum bath bench to make bathing safer during recovery

  • Ergonomic design featuring a curved seat with handles and angled legs on non-skid tips for comfort and stability

  • Drainage holes are easy to clean and reduce the risk of slipping

  • Highly accessible with a tool-free assembly

  • Height adjusts in 1-inch increments using pinch-free, push-button design with an audible click to ensure secure positioning

  • Corrosion-resistant material that’s built to last

  • Supports a weight capacity of up to 350 lbs

Adult diapers with tabs

Incontinence is a common problem after certain surgeries, such as prostate surgery. Fortunately, there are a whole host of options for managing incontinence with comfort and dignity. 

Adult diapers with tabs are recommended for people who can’t get to the toilet in time due to mobility restrictions, as well as those who need protection through the night.

Prevail Per-Fit 360 Daily Briefs — Adult Diapers with Tabs

Prices from: $8.99

Sizes: Medium to X-Large, available from packs of 15 up to cases of 96

Key features:

  • Ideal for those who have low mobility or are bedridden, need overnight protection from incontinence or have caregivers to help them change

  • 360 Breathable Zones let air circulate through every part of the diaper, so the skin stays cool and healthy

  • Silent, cloth-like backing

  • Dri-Fit fabric leaves the material feeling dry and soft against the skin

  • Refastenable tabs attach to the front of the diaper as many times as you need, to provide a secure fit 

  • Omni Odor-Guard locks away odors for freshness and dignity

  • QUICK WICK with MaxSoft design soaks up moisture into the core

  • Stretchy side panels comfortably stretch around the body

  • Features ingredients like aloe, chamomile, and vitamin E for added skin protection

  • Skin smart fabric is hypoallergenic

  • Microclimate care maintains the ideal temperature for skin wellness

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Bath grab bar

Just like seats and benches, bath grab bars can do wonders to make after-hospital care at home more straightforward. The bars can be secured parallel to the bathtub, offering stability when you step in and out of the tub.

McKesson Bath Grab Bar

Prices from: $27.99

Sizes: N/a, one size for all

Key features:

  • Bathtub safety rail to benefit from extra stability in the bathroom

  • Handle provides a secure hand position that’s parallel to the tub

  • Adjustable clamp locking mechanism provides tool-free installation to mount securely

  • Non-wearing rubber pads tighten securely to all bathtub contact points while providing scratch-proof protection

  • Width adjusts from 3 – 7 inches to fit most bathtubs

  • Powder-coated steel design has heavy-duty durability

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Medical tape

Medical tape is another useful thing to have stored at home for after surgery. Cheap to purchase, the tape can help secure any devices or dressings that need to stay comfortably in place on your skin.

3M Micropore Skin-Friendly Medical Tape

Prices from: $1.99

Sizes: 1 Inch x 10 Yards or 2 Inches x 10 Yards, buy one roll or boxes of up to 12 tape rolls

Key features:

  • 3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape reliably secures dressings and devices to the skin for after hospital care at home

  • Gentle and highly breathable to maintain skin integrity

  • Hypoallergenic, made with paper materials

Wound dressing

If surgery has left one or several wounds that need to heal, then wound dressing is another essential. Petrolatum (petroleum jelly) dressings, such as those sold by McKesson, lower the risk of infections by keeping wounds moist and allowing them to heal as they should.

McKesson Xeroform Petrolatum Dressing

Prices from: $0.59

Sizes: 1 x 8 inches up to 5 x 9 inches, buy single dressings or cases of up to 200

Key features:

  • Helps to maintain a healthy, moist wound-healing environment

  • Contains 3% Bismuth Tribromophenate to reduce the risk of infection and deodorize the wound

  • Single-use dressings for wounds with light or no exudate (pus-like or clear fluid)

BONUS Tip: Bottled water!

Hydration is absolutely vital for our health. 

Harvard Health outlines how important it is to stay hydrated—many people don’t know the full range of benefits that water has on the body. 

These benefits include:

  • Maintaining the function of your organs

  • Transporting nutrients to cells around the body

  • Protecting against infections

  • Keeping joints “spongy” and well-lubricated

  • Balancing your body temperature at a healthy level

When your body feels sore or tender post-surgery or your energy isn’t yet back to normal, forgetting to drink enough throughout the day is a risk. Make sure you have plenty of water on hand in a place you or your loved one can see it. 

Of course, drinking at regular intervals can feel like an inconvenience, particularly if going to the bathroom requires planning. But since good hydration promotes cognition, mood, and sleep quality, it’s a health essential we simply can’t afford to cut corners with.

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Thanks for reading!

If you would like some guidance on what the best things to have after surgery are, or to prepare for after-hospital care at home, then please call the Carewell support team on (855) 855-1666

Our lines are open 24/7!

Or, if email is easier for you, you can contact us at support@carewell.com

Take care!

The Carewell Family

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Declan Davey
Declan Davey

Declan Davey is a health and wellness copywriter from London, UK. His background includes roles as a psychological therapist for Islington Memory Service, where he worked with family caregivers, and as a rehab assistant at Camden Neurology & Stroke Service. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or on his website https://www.declandavey.com.