Advertisement

How can I make my home safe after knee replacement recovery?

While you're recovering from knee replacement surgery, you'll need to be careful about reaching and falling. Look for places in your home that could cause problems. Have someone help make your home safer by doing these things:
  • Make sure your chairs and couches are easy to get into and out of. Add pillows to low chairs if necessary.
  • Remove tripping hazards. Repair loose carpet and floor boards. Remove throw rugs, electrical cords, and anything you could trip over. If you have a small pet, put a bell on its collar so you'll always know if it's underfoot.
  • Make sure you'll have space to move around easily. If necessary, move furniture so you'll have spaces wide enough for a walker. Install handrails along stairways. Store often-used items within easy reach.
  • Prepare the bathroom and kitchen so you won't slip. Get a shower or bath chair with nonslip pads. Install a handrail in the bathroom.

Continue Learning about Knee Replacement

Home Is Where the Healing Happens
Home Is Where the Healing Happens
Dorothy spends her entireThe Wizard of Oz journey searching for a way home to Kansas, only to find the solution was as simple as clicking her ruby hee...
Read More
What should I do before knee replacement surgery?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
As instructed by your doctor, don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before knee repla...
More Answers
Can a knee replacement improve balance in older adults?
Anthony CirilloAnthony Cirillo
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons showed that a...
More Answers
How Satisfied Are Patients After Knee Replacement Surgery?
How Satisfied Are Patients After Knee Replacement Surgery?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.