Keeping a Loved One Safe after a Total Hip Replacement
This post is written by Dr. Nakul Karkare, a hip and knee surgeon based in Long Island, NY, specializing in total hip and knee replacements.
As a caregiver of a loved one recovering from a total hip replacement surgery, you’ll spend a lot of energy helping them heal. If they're still living independently, making sure the home or apartment is safe will help ensure a smooth recovery. To avoid accidents and ensure safety at home, we’ve compiled some things you can do to help keep a loved one safe. These tips will not only make it easier for them to get around the apartment, but they will also ensure the safety, and avoid re-injury.
- Make sure to install grab rails in showers and baths
- Buy some non-skid decals for the floor of the shower or tub
- Install a handheld showerhead can help for comfortable bathing, and a
- Install a bath bench, so it’s possible to bathe while sitting down
- Consider placing a commode chair on the toilet to raise the height, making it easier to sit
- In the event of waking up in the night, have working nightlights
- If the bathroom is far away, consider purchasing a portable commode
- Purchase products to help get dressed - sock aids and dressing sticks can help with this
- Be sure that floors are clear of clothes, wires, and other miscellaneous items
Living Rooms & Dining Rooms:
- Rearrange the furniture to create easy walking paths
- Clear floors of any items on the floor including small rugs, wires or other items
- Make sure fire alarms work in the home
By following these tips, you’ll not only make the home or apartment of a loved one safe but as a caregiver, it will make your duties easier and less stressful. They will need your help and assistance, and by making their living space safe, you will lay the foundation for a healthy and speedy recovery.