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A Guide for Patients Having Hip or Knee Replacement

In the Kitchen

You may find the walking and standing required to make meals difficult at first. Consider pre-packaged foods or frozen meals to save time. You can also ask your therapist for the phone number for “Meals on Wheels”.

To decrease standing time during cooking and preparation, use appliances such as a blender, microwave oven or toaster oven. These appliances should be left out on the counter. Sit on a chair or stool to avoid prolonged standing.

To assist you in carrying meals and food items while you are using canes or crutches, place your meals in a plastic container and drinks in a thermal mug with a tight lid. Then they can be placed within a plastic bag along with your cutlery and carried to the desired location for eating. You should carry the plastic bag by inserting your hand through both handles to leave your hand free to grip your cane or crutches. You could also wear an apron, knapsack or clothing with large pockets to help carry items.

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