What safety checks should I make to protect my new hip at home?
Certain precautions need to be taken after surgery to help protect your new hip joint during the healing process. It also helps lengthen the life span of your new hip joint. Follow these instructions for managing your daily life activities.
General Safety Tips
Simplify your surroundings
- Remove clutter, keep stairs free of objects.
- Keep supplies in the same place.
- Remove small rugs throughout the house.
Keep walking areas safe
- Secure electrical wires and extension cords or move them away.
- Watch out for your pets when walking.
- Keep hallways/stairways well lit.
- Purchase night lights for bedrooms and bathrooms.
- Stairs should have securely fastened handrails. Non-skid threads on stairs add to safety. If you have problems with your vision, add a contrasting color to mark stair edges.
Stay prepared for an emergency
- Keep smoke detectors in good working order.
- Keep emergency numbers near the phone. If you have a speed dial phone, program the emergency numbers for automatic use. Cordless phones are recommended if walking is difficult, or if access to the phone is a problem.
- If you get up in the middle of the night, sit at the side of the bed for a few seconds to avoid dizziness.
- Add non-skid decals or a bath mat to the floor of the tub.
- Install grab bars in the tub or shower if balance is a problem.
- Keep a portable commode (or a urinal) if a bathroom is far from your bedroom.
- Reduce the water heater temperature to avoid accidental burns.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Use oven mitts instead of potholders when removing food items from the oven or microwave oven.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Use a timer when cooking/baking.
- Slide hot pots across the countertop instead of carrying them.
Purchase a daily or weekly pill organizer. These devices add safety by grouping together all drugs needed to be taken each day.