To ensure a safe recovery after your joint replacement surgery, you may need to use some special equipment.
You must use a walking aid (walker, crutches or a cane) and an elevated toilet seat after your surgery. Any other items are optional based on your needs.
Insurance may cover the purchase of a walker, pair of crutches, cane or other equipment. Check with your insurance provider to see what is or isn't covered under your plan.
Visit community resources for information about places that loan or sell equipment.
A front wheel walker will help you walk after surgery.
Crutches will help you walk after surgery.
A hand-held shower head allows you to control the spray of water while sitting.
A long-handled sponge can be used to wash your feet when you can't bend and to wash your back so you avoid twisting.
Installing grab bars around your toilet, bathtub or shower will increase your safety during transfers.
A reacher helps you get things from higher and lower levels. It can also help you put clothes on the lower part of your body.
Tongs can be used in place of a reacher. Or they can help you with your hygiene care after you use the toilet.
A sock aid helps you put on socks without bending.
A tub chair lets you sit while taking a shower or bath.
A tub transfer bench can help you get in or out of the shower/tub. You can also sit on it while taking a shower or bath.
A raised toilet seat will make it easier for you to get on and off the toilet.
Elastic laces let you slip in and out of your shoes easily while keeping them tied. The long-handled shoe horn helps you guide your foot into an already-tied or slip-on shoe.
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This 12-minute video shows how to safely walk, use stairs and stand with a cane, crutch or walker.
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