Getting your home ready - Knee Surgery
IntroductionBefore 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 doctor, nurse, or physical therapist about getting your home ready.
Make It Easy for YourselfMake sure everything you need is easy to get to and on the same floor where you will spend most of your time. If you will need to use the stairs, you should limit using them to once a day.
You may need help bathing, using the toilet, cooking, running errands, shopping, going to the doctor and exercising. If you do not have someone to help you at home for the first 1 or 2 weeks after surgery, ask your health care provider about having a trained caregiver come to your home to help you. This person can also check the safety of your home and help you with your daily activities.
Other items that may help:
Bathroom SetupRaising the toilet seat height will keep you from flexing your knee too much. You can do this by adding a seat cover or elevated toilet seat or a toilet safety frame. You can also use a commode chair instead of a toilet.
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 use towel racks as grab bars. They cannot support your weight.
You will need two grab bars. One helps you get in and out of the tub. The other helps you stand from a sitting position.
You can make several changes to protect yourself when you take a bath or shower:
Sit on a bath or shower chair when taking a shower:
Avoiding FallsKeep tripping hazards out of your home.
Pets that are small or move around may cause you to trip. For the first few weeks you are home, consider having your pet stay elsewhere (with a friend, in a kennel, or in the yard). DO NOT carry anything when you are walking around. You may need your hands to help you balance.
Practice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair. It is especially important to practice the correct ways to:
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