Published on December 12, 2012
When you return home after your total hip replacement, it may be a bit more difficult to get around for several reasons. First, you may not have yet fully recovered your balance. Second, you may not have yet fully regained your strength. Third, because you will have a more limited range of motion as a result as a result of your hip replacement, you may find some activities more difficult and may need to make modifications.
Because your balance and strength may still need improvement, it is important to reduce your risk of falling by making some changes in your home. The following is a list of some things to check:
- Remove throw rugs that may slip, or at least place a sticky or non-skid material under them.
- Tack down any loose edges.
- Keep your home well lit. Keep night lights on the route from the bedroom to the bathroom and kitchen.
- Tape down loose electrical cords.
- Place bright tape on steps and banisters. Install handrails if none are present.
- Become more aware of small pets. Sometimes pets can get underfoot and cause a fall.
- Arrange tables, footstools, and chair so there is plenty of room to walk around them.
- Keep commonly used items in lower cabinets to reduce your need to climb up on chairs and stools.
- Install handrails in the bathroom, a shower seat, and/or non slip rubber mats in the bathtub.
Because your hip replacement should not be flexed or bent at the hip more than 90 degrees, you should keep the following in mind as well:
- Use an elevated toilet seat.
- Do not sit in low chairs, couches, or recliners. Have one or two of your favorite chairs placed up on a stable platform to make it easier to get out of the chair.
- Use dressing aids such as sock pullers. Wear shoes that do not have to be tied, such as loafers.