Following hip replacement surgery, it can take up to 12 months before you have fully recovered and regained your strength. During that time, you need to take every precaution possible to avoid reinjury. You also need to take steps to ensure that following surgery, you do not suffer another injury that leads to the need for another surgery. Part of the process is preparing your home for your recovery period and beyond. Here are some modifications you should consider before surgery.
Improve the Safety of Your Bathtub
Your bathtub is one of the places in your home in which you are in most danger of slipping and re-injuring yourself. Therefore, it is important that you find ways to improve the safety of the bathtub. There are several ways you can do this.
For instance, you can install grab bars to help you get in and out of the bathtub. You can also use a non-slip bath mat and move the soap and shampoo within reach. Some people opt to use a shower chair to avoid the possibility of slipping and falling while bathing. All of these are temporary solutions though.
A permanent solution that can not only help you remain safe throughout your recovery and also prevent future injuries in the bathtub is a walk-in bathtub. The tub allows you to sit while bathing and easily reach the temperature controls. You do not have to worry about slipping and you can get in and out of the bathtub without the need for assistance.
Clear the Floor
Whether or not you realize it, there are many hazards that can be found on the floors of your home. For instance, loose carpeting can easily slip under your feet and lead to a fall. You can even get tangled in electrical cords and fall.
Before your surgery, take the time to assess the flooring in your home. Carpeting needs to be removed or nailed down so that it does not move when you step on it. Electrical cords need to be moved close to the baseboards and secured with staples or tape.
You also could set up an area of your home in which you can recover. The recovery area is especially important if others live with you. Everyone in your household will be aware of the importance of keeping hazards out of the area so that you are able to recover with ease. Look into needed assistive devices, such as from Twin City Stair Lifts, for more help.Share