To ensure a safe recovery after your surgery, you may need to use some special equipment.
You must use a walking aid (walker, crutches or a cane). Any other items are optional based on your needs.
Insurance will only cover the purchase of a walker, pair of crutches or a cane. You must purchase any other equipment needed.
A 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.
A raised toilet seat will make it easier for you to get on and off the toilet.
Installing grab bars around your toilet, bathtub or shower will increase your safety during transfers.
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.
A sock aid helps you put on socks without bending.
Tongs can be used in place of a reacher. Or they can help you with your hygiene care after you use the toilet.
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/bathtub. You can also use it to sit while taking a shower or bath.
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This 12-minute video shows how to safely walk, use stairs and stand with a cane, crutch or walker.
To order medical supplies or equipment, call Allina Health Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment at 651-628-4800 or 1-800-737-4473.
Talk with a social worker to see if you qualify for a stay at a skilled nursing/swing bed facility.