Hip surgery will reduce or eliminate existing joint pain, but the procedure is invasive and typically requires a period of rehabilitation. If you or a loved one is facing hip surgery, your post-surgical strategies should include some high-quality daily living equipment. These tools will make recovery easier while gradually increasing your mobility and independence along the way.
Dealing with Limited Mobility
After your surgery, you may need help from your family members or friends for about a week or two. They can help you run errands, clean, and prepare meals, as well as get around the house. As you recover, you will be able to accomplish all of these activities on your own, without the pain you experienced before surgery. In the meantime, however, make sure your furniture is arranged in such a way that you can navigate around it with the help of mobility equipment such as a wheelchair, walker, or walking stick as required or as prescribed by your health professional.
Hiring Versus Buying Equipment
Much of the mobility equipment that Homecare Equipment Services offers can be hired rather than purchased. This is ideal for surgical recovery periods or rehab, when you might not need that specific equipment after a month or two. If you decide you would like to keep hired equipment, however, most of it can be purchased at a discounted rate.
Considering Bathroom Aids
If you are ever on post-surgical bed rest for any length of time, bed pans and bottles are ideal for avoiding tiring and hazardous trips to the bathroom. There is a variety of other available bathroom equipment, however, that can help you once you are back on your feet. Toilet Seat Raisers are especially common and useful for anyone who has trouble bending or squatting down to a low toilet. These sturdy raisers come in different widths and are adjustable to multiple heights.
Feeling Safe in the Shower
The first post-surgery shower always feels amazing, but only if you are not worried about slipping or falling. Start with a non-slip shower pad, and then add grip bars to the shower walls for security. The grab bars we offer are removable, non-permanent solutions that feature strong suction cups to grab a variety of non-porous surfaces. If standing still seems risky or you are feeling rundown, consider using an adjustable shower stool or chair. Either option will make showering much easier and safer.
You will be unable to drive for a few weeks, so make transportation arrangements ahead of time. In addition to one or more follow-up appointments with your surgeon or primary care physician, you will likely have several physical therapy sessions. Although your weight bearing status will be gradual, resuming physical activity is an essential part of the recovery process. All of the equipment included above and more can help you achieve mobility in your home as you recover.