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Home Safety After Joint SurgerySeguridad en el hogar despu©s de una operaci³n de una articulaci³n

Home Safety After Joint Surgery

If your movement is limited during recovery, ask a family member or friend to help prepare your living space. This helps make it safer and more comfortable while you heal. Use the tips below as a guide.

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.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-04-04T00:00:00-06:00

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