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Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine of San Antonio

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Getting Your House Ready

Some common things in your home may now be dangerous. To prevent falls, you should remove or watch out for:

  • Long phone or electrical cords that lie across the floor
  • Loose rugs or carpet
  • Furniture you might trip over in stairs and hallways
  • Stacks of books, piles of magazines,mail, etc.
  • Pets that run in your path
  • Water spills on bare floors
  • Bare bathroom tile or slippery floors
  • Ice or mildew on outdoor steps

It would also help to:

  • Arrange the most frequently used kitchen utensils and food on shelves and counters that can be reached easily.
  • Have a chair or stool handy in the kitchen to sit in while preparing and cooking food.
  • Leave most frequently used dishes in the dish rack, and most frequently used foods in the most accessible cabinets.
  • Have a rolling cart to take food from the refrigerator to the counter, and from the counter to the table.
  • Have a walker bag or apron with pockets to carry small items such as glasses, books, silverware, etc.
  • Attach a cup holder to your walker to carry drinks in covered cups.
  • Arrange for someone to care for or feed your pets.

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