Making Your Home 'Recovery Ready'


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A little time spent getting your home ready before your surgery can make a big difference in your recovery. Here are some helpful hints for around the house:

House in general

  • Remove throw rugs and tack down loose carpeting
  • Remove electrical cords, telephone cords, toys, and other tripping hazards
  • Fix or be aware of uneven flooring and surfaces
  • Provide good lighting
  • Cover slippery surfaces with carpets that have nonskid backs
  • Place regularly used items such as remote controls, medications, and reading materials in convenient and easy-to-reach locations
  • If your mail is delivered to an outdoor box, contact your post office to request delivery to your door

Kitchen

  • Stock up on canned and frozen foods
  • Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them
  • Store food in a cupboard that’s waist to shoulder level
  • Place frequently used cooking supplies, pots, pans, plates, and utensils on the counter or where they can be easily reached

Bathroom

  • Stock up on toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, medications, and other personal items
  • If your shower has doors, replace them temporarily with a curtain
  • Put a chair in your shower
  • Get a handheld shower head
  • Get a raised toilet seat
  • Get a shower sponge with a long handle
  • Put handrails in the shower and next to the toilet
  • Place a slip-proof mat in the shower
  • Install a nightlight

Bedroom

  • Set up your bed on the first floor if you can
  • Wash all your towels, linens, and dirty clothes
  • Place loose clothing and pajamas in waist- to shoulder-level drawers or closets
  • Install a nightlight

Other

  • Make sure you have easy access to a phone - consider using a cordless or cell phone
  • Reachers and grabbers will come in handy
  • A desk chair with wheels can make it easier to get around
  • To keep your hands free to use for balance, consider using a walker basket, fanny pack, small backpack, or an apron with large pockets to hold things you'll want nearby
  • Rent/buy/borrow plenty of books, movies, music, and puzzle books

Last Updated: Dec. 15, 2010 © 2011 Zimmer, Inc. (owner of site) version 6.0


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