Narrator: Here are some arrangements you should make to prepare for your recovery from hip replacement surgery. Arrange for assistance, prepare your living environment, and fall-proof your living environment.
Narrator: It’s important to have someone available to assist you when you get home from the hospital, such as a friend or family member.
Thomas Calhoun, M.D.: My wife being a bit disabled, so generally we had our daughter who’s living with us sort of help with the meals in the morning.
Narrator: If you don’t know someone who can help out, other options include staying in an extended care facility during your recovery or hiring someone to come to your home and help you.
Narrator: Make sure your home or the place you stay after you leave the hospital is set up to support you while you recover. Avoid going up and down stairs in the first few days after your surgery. If you normally sleep upstairs arrange to sleep in a downstairs bedroom or on the sofa.
Wilhemina Banks: I elected to stay with my daughter because she had a bedroom on the first floor and the recovery was good. I had no pain which was a great surprise to me.
Narrator: Set up a recovery station with items you are likely to need often and locate it next to the spot where you will spend most of your time. Include items like a telephone, television remote control, medicines, tissues, a wastebasket, and a water pitcher.
Narrator: Because a fall can damage your new hip, make sure the place you stay during your recovery is fall proof. Eliminate clutter. Keep floors and walkways clear of rugs, papers, shoes, and cords so that you can walk safely and avoid tripping.
Narrator: In the bathroom, a raised toilet seat can make it easier to get up and down. Grab bars in the tub can keep you steady. Use a nightlight to improve your safety if you have to get up in the middle of the night.