Making Your Home 'Recovery Ready'

A little time spent getting your home ready before your surgery can make a big difference in your recovery. Here are some helpful hints for around the house: 

House in general

  • Remove throw rugs and tack down loose carpeting
  • Remove electrical cords, telephone cords, toys, and other tripping hazards
  • Provide good lighting
  • Place regularly used items such as remote controls, medications, and reading materials in convenient and easy-to-reach locations

Kitchen

  • Stock up on canned and frozen foods
  • Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them
  • Store food in a cupboard that’s waist to shoulder level
  • Place frequently used cooking supplies, pots, pans, plates, and utensils on the counter or where they can be easily reached

Bathroom

  • Stock up on toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, medications, and other personal items
  • Place a slip-proof mat in the shower
  • Install a nightlight

Bedroom

  • Wash all your towels, linens, and dirty clothes
  • Place loose clothing and pajamas in waist to shoulder-level drawers or closets
  • Install a nightlight

Other

  • Make sure you have easy access to a phone. Consider using a cordless or cell phone
  • Loose-fitting clothes that open in the front will make getting dressed easier
  • Rent/buy/borrow plenty of books, movies, music, and puzzle books
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