Before your surgery, reduce household hazards and limit the amount of reaching and stair climbing you'll have to do. Helpful tips include:
- Stocking up on canned and frozen food and storing food and supplies between waist and shoulder level.
- If you normally sleep upstairs, prepare a room in your home's main floor, or set things up so you only have to go upstairs once a day.
- Pick up clutter, remove any throw rugs from your walking path and tape down electrical cords.
- Arrange for help. After your surgery, you won't be able to drive for several weeks.
Ask a family member or friend to deliver groceries or help you run errands.
If you live alone, ask someone to stay with you for a few days after your surgery.