After joint replacement surgery, you may be advised to get or be sent home from the hospital with:

  • Shower bench or chair

  • Grab bars in the shower

  • Raised toilet seat

  • ADL kit, which typically includes a dressing stick, sock aid, shoe horn, grabber

  • Chair with arms that is not low or too soft (opt for a firm cushion)

Your physical therapist will determine what other equipment you may need after surgery, based on your progress and your home situation. Many insurance companies do not cover this equipment, so now is a good time to check.

Other ways to prepare your home for your recovery period:

  • If your shower has sliding doors, remove them (if possible) and hang a shower curtain.

  • Because falling is a concern, put nightlights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallway and make sure your floors are clear of objects, wires and area rugs that you could trip on.

  • Move frequently used objects in your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, to waist level so you won't have to reach for them.

  • Prepare and freeze meals that can go easily from freezer to microwave to where you will be eating.

We generally do not recommend that you move your bedroom to the first floor if it is on a higher floor; climbing the stairs is good exercise after the surgery, as long as the stairs are safe and have a handrail. (If you don’t have a handrail, now is a good time to have one installed.) Your clinical care coordinator, physical therapist and occupational therapist will talk with you about how to ensure that your home is safe for you upon discharge.