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Home Safety After Joint Surgery

Inside of home showing how to prepare for recovery: Install stair railings, prepare bedroom on main level, add firm pillows to low chairs, keep items within reach, move electrical cords out of the way, remove throw rugs, watch for small objects on floor like pets and toys.Home Safety Tips

  • Stock up on toiletries, foods that are easy to prepare, and other items you’ll need during recovery.

  • Store foods and other supplies between waist and shoulder level. This makes it easier to reach things without straining.

  • Buy or borrow a portable telephone so you can keep it within easy reach.

  • Ask your doctor whether you need to limit using stairs. If you do, and you normally sleep upstairs, prepare a bedroom on the main living level.

  • Make sure rooms are well lit.

  • Keep items you use often in easy reach.

  • Move electrical cords out of the way so they don’t trip you.

  • Remove throw rugs to prevent slipping or tripping.

  • Watch for pets or small objects on the floor.

  • Add firm pillows to a low chair to help make getting up easier.



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