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Information for Patients & Caregivers

Prepare your Home

Remember, when you first go home you will not be fully mobile and may have some restrictions on what you are able to do. Think about the things you normally do and make some adaptations. For instance, if you keep your mugs, plates, etc. in a low cupboard, consider moving them to a more accessible place for a short while after your operation.

If you have to cook for yourself, consider making or buying some ready meals that are easy to prepare when you come home. It is also wise to be up to date with household chores like cleaning and laundry.  You won’t be able to do these in the first few weeks after your operation. Involve your ‘carer’ in making the necessary preparations.
 

At home

When you return home from hospital you are going to be recovering from your operation so you will need to have set up your home to make this easy for you.

  • Launder all of your dirty clothing before your surgery. Have loose, comfortable clothing set aside for your recovery time.
  • Prepare single-serving meals before your surgery. These meals can be heated quickly in a microwave and there is less to clean up.
  • Be sure to remove loose rugs and other trip hazards such as electrical cords and magazine racks from walking paths to avoid accidents or falls. If necessary, widen furniture paths to accommodate a walker or cane.
  • To simplify accessibility, place regularly used items such as remote controls, medications, and reading materials in easy-to-reach locations.
  • Un-tuck bedding to allow for easier access in and out of your bed. If your bedroom is on a second floor, it may be helpful to temporarily relocate your sleeping arrangements to a single floor. This will avoid having to climb stairs when you are not feeling your best.
  • Having some assistance after total joint replacement can also be very beneficial. Contact family members or friends ahead of time so they may make the necessary arrangements to assist in your recovery.