Orthopedics

Get Your Home Ready

  • If possible you should arrange to have someone stay with you for the first 24-48 hours.
  • Keep the walkway into your home clear and remove throw/scatter rugs that could cause you to slip and fall.
  • Keep at least a two-foot wide path throughout your home to make it easier for you to get around.
  • Make sure that you have a chair in your home with arms and a seat at least as high as your knees. It is recommended that you do not sit with your knees higher than your hips.
  • In addition to the chair, you may also want to consider purchasing or installing the following items to make your home safer and easier to navigate after your surgery:
    • Raised toilet seat
    • Shower stool or chair
    • Grab bars in the shower or tub area
    • Moving frequently used kitchen and bath items within easy reach
    • Preparing or purchasing frozen meals
    • Adding a bag to your walker to help you carry small items like phones.
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