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A Guide for Patients Having Hip or Knee Replacement

Equipment Needs

The following equipment may be required after your operation. You may also find the equipment is helpful to use prior to your surgery to improve your quality of life. You can purchase these items from a medical supplier. These devices may be eligible for coverage through your insurance. If your insurance company requires a prescription, please inform your occupational therapist.

Long-handled reacher

1. Long-handled reacher

Raised toilet seat

2. Raised toilet seat – Before buying or renting, check to see if your toilet is Standard size or elongated. Discuss the appropriate height with your occupational therapist. A photo may be helpful to show the medical supplier your type of toilet. This will help to ensure correct fit.

Carry cushion

3. Carry cushion – This is a firm cushion with a hard base and some Styrofoam used to raise up your seat heights. Pillows and couch cushions are not appropriate. Please select a carry cushion appropriate for your height:

  • 5’8” (173 cm) or taller: 4” cushion
  • 5’2” to 5’8” (157 cm to 173 cm): 3” cushion
  • Less than 5’2” (157 cm): you may not need a cushion

Sock aidOther items you may want to purchase include:

  1. Long-handled shoehorn
  2. Elastic shoelaces
  3. Sock aid
  4. Long-handled sponge/brush

The reacher and cushion should be purchased before your surgery and brought with you to the Hospital. They are available from any medical supplier, or you can also purchase some of the equipment in the Hospital’s Gift Shop.

An Occupational Therapist will discuss any other equipment you may need in your home. This includes special bathroom equipment. The Occupational Therapist will assess your specific needs for bathing equipment and teach you how to use the equipment safely in preparation for going home.

Bath benchThis equipment may include:

  • Hand-held shower head
  • Bath bench/seat
  • Clamp-on grab rail

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