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Preparing Your Home

Here are some tips to prepare your home if you will be having joint replacement surgery or for physical and medical conditions, you need to prevent falls:

  1. Arrange furniture so that you have plenty of room to move about.
  2. Remove clutter (ie: newspapers, toys) to prevent tripping and/or falling.
  3. Watch out for pets. Consider keeping them contained when you are walking around.
  4. Keep electrical cords out of walkways.
  5. Keep a small table with frequently needed items close to your chair/bed.
  6. Keep a telephone within easy reach.
  7. Make arrangements to stay on the first level if you have a lot of stairs to your bedroom.
  8. Consider an alternate entrance if there are many stairs leading into your house.
  9. Arrange your cabinets so that frequently used items are within easy reach.
  10. Be aware of doorway thresholds and waxed floors as these can lead to falls.

Additional Suggestions

  • Prepare meals ahead of time.
  • Set up a schedule for assistance with daily activities.
  • Arrange for someone to call in a couple of times a day to see if you need anything (if you are home alone).
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