Aside from the mental and physical preparation for surgery, you also need to prepare your environment so that once you are discharged you can perform your activities of daily living without injury or incident. Health Products For You offers a wide variety of products to help you during your healing journey.
In October of 2021, I underwent a full right hip replacement. After years of pain, I gave in and finally had the surgery. I live alone, so I had to make plans to have someone stay with me for at least a day or two to make sure I could care for myself once they left. Physical therapy was scheduled to come to the home to help me but in the meantime, I needed to get the house in order.
The first order of business, picking up rugs and moving obstacles that would make it difficult for me to ambulate freely with a walker. Making sure I had a good bath mat such as the Essential Medical Deluxe Bath Safety Mat that was not slippery and that I had something to hold onto once in the tub. I chose to utilize a shower chair. This allowed me to sit, lower the risk of falling, and wash with a hand-held shower head.
Others may choose to install permanent or temporary grab bars in their showers such as The MCKESSON Sunmark Steel Wall Grab Bar or a temporary option like the Carex Ultra Grip Grab Bar and use a long-handled sponge for washing. Sammons Preston makes an excellent choice. Because you are not allowed to bend over, or pivot on your leg, I purchased a Reacher. This gave me the ability to pick up anything out of reach...especially that confounded TV remote!
Dressing can be a challenge post total hip replacement. Socks, especially, are a “no-go” unless you have someone to put them on you or you purchase a sock aide. HPFY has a good selection to suit your specific needs. The sock aid lets you put the sock onto a form and then slide your foot into the sock or a simpler version has a hook to help you pull your socks up - no bending required!
It is also a good idea to get a long-handled shoehorn as well so you do not have to bend. If you have not been supplied with a walker upon discharge, you will need one. A rolling walker is NOT a good option as it is too mobile and it may cause you to fall. If you are unsure of the type of walker you will need, ask the physical therapist which one to purchase. HPFY has a variety of “hip kits.” These kits contain a variety of aids. Normally they are equipped with a reacher, long-handled sponge for showers, a sock aid, and a long-handled shoehorn. There are various combinations of items available in kits.
Don’t wait until after surgery to get these items ready! For me, it simplified what could have been a much more difficult situation and allowed me to become independent after major surgery. If you are getting ready to undergo total hip replacement surgery, HPFY and I wish you a speedy recovery, it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself!
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