(THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELPFUL COMMENTS - AND THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR HELPING ME!)
I'm going to be taking care of my father who is 75 years old; he was fairly fit prior to the acute deterioration in his back pain a couple of years ago, which predominately affects his left leg, he is not overweight, but he is diabetic. He is also relatively stubborn - which means he will do his exercises because he won't let 'the bloody pain' get the better of him
He has lumbar stenosis and will be having PLIF surgery in a couple of weeks. I'd really appreciate ANY advice on anything but would particularly like help with;-
1. Mattress/bedding recommendations. Memory Foam? Posturepedic?
2. Information on i) range of movement post-op - at what stage will he be able to climb the stairs? Do I need to put a ramp at the front door? I'm planning on setting up his bed downstairs in the den. Should I make that a permanent situation?
3. Will somebody need to stay with him through the night?
4. What can I do to make his recovery both smooth and effective?
5. Did anybody spend time in a skilled nursing facility post-op? Would you recommend it?
6. Should I purchase a dedicated bed for him or will a daybed be OK? Is a twin bed sufficient - my father isn't a big person.
7. Are there any specific medical devices that you found invaluable with your recovery?
8. For you grandparents out there... My daughter is 5 - is there anything specific I need to tell her not to do?
Is there anybody who can give me a rough overview of your post-op progress so I know what to expect? (I know of-course every case is different, and I won't be able to predict what my father's course will be... but knowledge is power!)