Mobility guidelines and home exercise program

Self-care guidelines

You may have precautions to follow after surgery. The following guidelines will help you follow these precautions while doing self-care activities.

Using the toilet

  • Use a raised toilet seat at home and when visiting family or friends.
  • Use a handicap-accessible bathroom stall when in the community.

Taking a shower

  • Use a long-handled sponge to wash your feet. Have a member of your care circle help if needed.
  • Put a bath mat or adhesive strips on your shower floor or use a shower chair. This will help reduce your risk of falling.

Getting dressed

  • Use a reacher to help you put clothes on the lower part of your body.
  • Use a sock aid to help you put on socks without bending.
  • Wear shoes that have arch support, a heel back and nonslip soles. Slip-on shoes are easier to put on. You can use elastic laces to turn a tie shoe into a slip-on shoe.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Hip Replacement, eighth edition, ortho-ah-90139
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 10/01/2020

See mobility and activity techniques in the preparing for surgery section for more specific information about mobility techniques.