TIP: Home Alone Tips - Hip

Cindy is discussing Tips for Returning Home Alone after a Total Hip Replacement.  We, of course, always recommend that you have assistance at least for a few days after your surgery for safety on your return home.

Tip #1  Mail Delivery

Make arrangements with mail carrier to place mail somewhere easily accessible, good height for you to reach safely, not having to bend over

Tip #2   Meals

Prepare and freeze meals ahead of surgery or arrange for meal delivery

Tip #3   Bathroom Items

Stock up on extra toiletries prior to surgery

 Tip #4   Appropriate Place to Sit on Your Return Home After Surgery

Sitting Surface

  • good height, hips should not be below knees
  • should be able to get up using arms and good leg only
  • preferably has armrests
  • may need to look into furniture/platform risers for your couch, recliner or chair

see video in this series on How to Make & Use a Platform Riser

Furniture Riser Options

Home-It Adjustable Bed or Furniture Risers  https://amzn.to/2PIXHkV

MSR Imports Recliner Risers  https://amzn.to/2YgtLA9

Little Boost Platform  https://amzn.to/2U9sbRb


Tip #5  Caring for Pets

Reminder, there is a good chance you will not be able to bend over safely for awhile after surgery.  If you are unable to arrange for someone else to temporarily care for your pets, you will need to prepare ahead of surgery on:

1. How to let you pets outside -  long tie out for dogs, chair by door in order to sit down to attach lead to collar without bending over

2.  How to fill food and water bowls   

         Do IT Yourself Option

  •  extended PVC chute with funnel
  •  3' long 2" diameter PVC pipe
  •  small funnel
  •  duct tape

    Graceful Pets - Easy to Feed Pet Bowl with Handle  https://amzn.to/2M1Dt4V

    Kittykaddy Double Diner  https://amzn.to/2EqmXHb

    ARAD No More Bending Dual Pet Bowl  https://amzn.to/2RXtVeX

3. How to clean a litter box

    Yangbaga Metal Cat Litter Scoop with Deep Shovel and Long Handle https://amzn.to/36MRR97