Preparing Your Home for Your Recovery from Joint Surgery
After joint replacement surgery, you may be advised to get or be sent home from the hospital with:
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:
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.