Post Operative Checklist

This checklist provides information on finding post-op care, getting assessed and what to look for when checking out post-op care facilities.

STEP 1: Consult with hospital staff

Talk to the attending doctor or social worker and ask what type of care is needed?

▢   does a nurse need to be present to treat a wound, administer medication?

▢   do you need specialised rehabilitative care?

▢   is temporary or long term care needed?

STEP 2: Decide your post-op care options

Would you like to receive post-op care:

▢   in your own home

▢   in care accommodation

STEP 3:  Find a care option

▢   create a care summary on the DailyCare website

▢   tell us what you’re looking for

▢   be matched with a list of options, public and private

▢   get assessed for government-subsidised options

STEP 4: Get assessed

To receive government-funded dementia care services you will need to

▢   Start by contacting My Aged Care (Federal Government) to discuss your situation and find out if you will need to contact an Assessment Team.

▢   book a visit from an aged care assessment team if required

▢   discuss your needs with the assessment team

▢   Review your caresummary to make sure it includes post-op care options along with any other care needs recommended by the aged care assessment team

STEP 5: Locate post-op care options

In your care summary, you can choose from:

▢   home and community care options to help with low-level post-op care

▢   nursing home and assisted living care for higher-level post-op care


STEP 5: For home carers

If you or a loved one have decided to become a full-time post-op carer, first determine:

▢   can you adequately look after the post-op requirements of a loved one?

▢   are you qualified to perform some of the tasks required?

▢   are you physically up for the job, can you handle the manual tasks?

▢   do you have the time and finances to look properly after your loved one?

▢   will your loved one recover faster in your care?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to all of these then also:

▢   check out our section on home & community care and respite care

▢   consult with Centrelink.on carer payment options that may also be available

STEP 6: Checking out a post-op facility

Things to look out for when choosing a post-op facility, include:

▢   do they specialise in post-op care?

▢   how many medical staff are on hand?

▢   is the post-op bed or room comfortable and appropriately set up?

▢   do they have a comprehensive plan for your recovery?

▢   do they provide regular rehabilitation services?

▢   do they provide a regular, nutritious and appropriate food menu?

▢   can your family and friends visit at certain times?

▢   will they help organise additional care if needed when you go home?

▢   what are the out-of-pocket costs?

Helpful post-op resources

▢   Transition care – Department of Social Services

▢   Health care – Centrelink

Read: Considerations in Post Operative Care