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Preparing Your Home With The Right Equipment Before Knee Or Hip Surgery

by Stanley Pierce

If you're due for knee surgery or a hip replacement, the risk of falling is certainly increased until you've completely healed. Since the recovery time after surgeries like this can often be pretty long, it's essential that your home is set up in a way that's not only functional but that will help make your life easier and prevent falls. Here are some things you can do and equipment you should have before you return home to recover.

Daily Tasks

Doing things like showering and cooking can be difficult after knee or hip surgery. Consider adding shower bars inside your shower so you have something to hold onto that will make it easier for you to get in and out. Shower bars can also give you something to grab onto in case you slip. Buy a scrubbing brush with a long handle so you can clean hard to reach places without bending over. Lay down nonslip rugs in your bathroom and on all hard flooring surfaces to reduce your risk of slipping and falling.

When it comes to cooking, remove everything you will need from your higher kitchen cabinets so you won't have to worry about reaching upward. Buy a grabber arm to help you get access to things that are hard to reach. 

Getting Around

You're going to need assistance when it comes to getting around after your surgery, so be sure you can get medical equipment that will make getting up and down and walking easier. Your doctor may advise you to use a cane, crutches, or a walker depending on your situation. A bed hoist can also be useful to help you get up and down from the bed. Assist rails can be installed on the side of your bed to give you something to hold onto as you get in and out of bed as well. Find out if your insurance company covers these types of medical equipment so you can use them temporarily at a reduced cost. 

The Comfort Factor

After surgery, you may realize all of the things that you once took for granted in everyday life. Think about helpful equipment such as a portable urinal you can use, especially if your bathroom is on the upstairs level of your house. Long shoe horns can help you get your footwear on and off much easier, and specially-made cushions can be used for more comfortable seating.

Talk with your doctor or mobility aid supplier like Lincoln Mobility about the different tools and equipment you can use to help make your knee or hip surgery recovery more pleasant.