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Bathroom Safety After Surgery

If your movement is limited during recovery, ask a family member or friend to help prepare your bathroom. This helps make it safer and more comfortable while you heal. Use the tips below as a guide. Keep in mind that some equipment you’ll need won’t be ordered until you’re ready to go home.

 Bathroom showing safety equipment: hand-held showerhead, grip bars, shower chair, long-handled sponge, bath mat, raised toilet seat.Bathroom safety tips

  • Prevent slips and falls by using non-slip bathmats on your bathroom floor and in your tub or shower.

  • Watch out for hazards, such as wet floors.

  • Use grab bars in your shower or tub for support as you get in and out.

  • Install a hand-held shower hose.

  • Sit on a bath bench or shower chair while you bathe.

  • Use a long-handled sponge to wash hard-to-reach areas.

  • If you had surgery that limits bending, use a commode chair or elevated toilet seat to raise the height of your toilet.

  • Talk with your occupational therapist if you need more instructions in using bath aids.


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