Have a bed that is low enough so that your feet touch the floor when you sit on the edge of the bed.
Keep tripping hazards out of your home.
- Learn how to prevent falls. Remove loose wires or cords from areas you walk through to get from one room to another. Remove loose throw rugs. Do not keep small pets in your home. Fix any uneven flooring in doorways. Have good lighting.
- Make your bathroom safe. Put hand rails in the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet. Place a slip-proof mat in the bathtub or shower.
- Do not carry anything when you are walking around. You may need your hands to help you balance
Put things where they are easy to reach.
Set up your home so that you do not have to climb steps. Some tips are:
- Set up a bed or use a bedroom on the first floor.
- Have a bathroom or a portable commode on the same floor where you spend most of your day.
If you do not have someone to help you at home for the first 1 to 2 weeks, ask your doctor or nurse about having a trained caregiver come to your home to help you. This person can check the safety of your home and help you with your daily activities.
Follow the instructions your doctor or physical therapist gave you about when you can start putting weight on your leg. You may not be able to all, some, or any weight on your leg for a while. Make sure you know the correct way to use a cane, crutches, or walker.
Be sure to do the exercises you were taught to help build strength and flexibility as you recover.
Be careful not to stay in same position for too long. Change your position at least once an hour.