Orthopaedic Surgery: Preparing Your Home for Recovery

Bon Secours Orthopaedic Institute, joint replacement surgery, geriatric healthPreparing for a joint replacement surgery? The time frame leading up to your operation is sure to be busy and hectic, but for those returning home to recover you need to ensure that your environment is staged to aid your healing. There are a number of ways that you will need to prepare your home for your return after orthopaedic surgery.

Meal Planning

  • Stock up on food essentials that can be frozen for later use, such as bread, vegetables and fruit
  • Prepare and freeze or purchase small-portioned, healthy meals for times you may be alone.

Accident Proofing Your Home

  • Remove scatter/throw rugs from around the house
  • Make sure that all stairways are secure and have hand railings
  • Tuck away long phone and lamp cords
  • Plan to use a hand-held portable phone, if you have one — the phone can fit into a clothing pocket and be taken along with you as you walk around
  • Arrange furniture so that you can easily move about your house with crutches or walker
  • If possible, have rails in your tub or shower professionally installed
  • You may also want to purchase a shower bench or chair, a hand-held shower nozzle and some non-skid tub mats
  • If needed, arrange for the care and safety of small pets that may run under foot
  • Select a chair from your home with a back, firm seat cushion and arms that you can designate as “your chair” after you return home from surgery
    • The height of the seat should be about 18 to 19 inches off the ground
    • Do NOT use chairs with wheels.

Help at Home
It is a good idea to have a friend or family member help you for the first few days after you return home from the hospital. You may need assistance with bathing, dressing and meals, as well as shopping, cleaning, laundry and errands.

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