Before you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home to make your recovery and life easier when you come back. Do this well in advance of your surgery. Ask your health care provider or physical therapist about getting your home ready.
Make It Easy for Yourself:
Make sure everything you need is easy to get to and on the floor where you will spend most of your time. Limit your stair use to once a day.
Other items that may help:
You may need to have safety bars in your bathroom. Grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.
DO NOT carry anything when you are walking around. You may need your hands to help you balance. Use a small backpack or fanny pack to carry things such as your phone.
Practice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair. It is especially important to practice the correct ways to:
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