Believe us when we say there is nothing worse than coming home after surgery and realising it isn’t set up for reduced mobility. Follow the below guide to set your home up for your return.
Eliminate clutter: Clear your home floors of throw rugs, electrical cords, toys, etc. These can be trip hazards. Move furniture to make pathways wide enough for a walker/ crutches.
Make living convenient: Place needed items where you can easily access them. For example pots, pans, and dinner plates in cupboards that don’t require stretching or on the kitchen counter; the TV remote next to your chair.
Stock your pantry, prepare meals in advance, and freeze them before leaving for your surgery.
Get the bathroom ready: You may need an adjustable commode over your regular toilet seat, a shower seat, and a hand-held showerhead for the shower. Speak with your GP/ care team about what they suggest and where to get it from. Some items can be hired from hospitals.
Set up sleeping arrangements: If your bedroom is on the second floor, set up a temporary one downstairs. If that’s not possible, you may need to limit your trips upstairs – once at bedtime, then back down in the morning.