Occupational Therapy: The skills of everyday Living

The Role of Occupational Therapy post-op:

If you are staying overnight, We will primarily be seeing you the day AFTER your surgery in the morning to complete education/training on the following:

  • Bed Mobility
  • Self-cares (ex: Getting dressed, Bathroom activity)
  • Functional Transfers
  • Functional Standing Balance and tolerance for everyday tasks
  • Modified Home set-up to promote safety and independence
Things you can do PRIOR to Surgery / Home Safety Preparation
  • Move Obstacles – Pick-up loose throw rugs, extension cords, footstools, space out furniture so you can easily move about with a rolling walker.
  • Set-up of daily items at waist – shoulder height to avoid bending, over-reaching. It’s a good idea to carry a cell phone with you at all times during recovery.
  • Home Improvement projects – Consider installing handrails or make sure existing handrails are secure; Proper Lighting
  • Consider what chairs you have to sit on= avoid soft, low, and rolling chairs. Chairs with firm, straight back and with armrests always help make it safe and easier to get up/down.
  • May prepare food ahead of time, stock up on non-perishable items for simple meal prep; purchase paper plates, plastic ware.
  • Set-up where someone can help you with garbage management, getting the mail, cleaning, laundry, and cooking.
  • If applicable, set-up for someone to assist you with any pet, childcare.
  • Look into possible adaptive equipment and medical equipment.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you after your surgery. Do NOT drive until cleared by your surgeon.
DRESSING: (Recommend Comfy, easy slip-on/off clothing)
  • Dress your operated leg first.
  • Undress your non-operated leg first
  • If you are having significant difficulty getting dressed prior to your surgery, you most likely will need to use long-handled equipment and a sock-aid post-surgery to independently get dressed.
  • If you are getting dressed without any difficulty, you may not need this equipment and just will implement modified techniques.
  • Reacher

  • Sock-Aid

Sock Aid

  • Long-Handled Shoe Horn

Long-Handled Shoe Horn
Choosing Safe Footwear
  • Poor Choices
  • Good Choices
Poor Shoe Choices Good Shoe Choices
Durable Medical Equipment
  • Your Occupational Therapist will talk to you about your bathroom set-up and ways to adapt your bathroom to meet your needs during recovery.
  • An elevated toilet or a 3-in-1 commode may be recommended to promote safety and independence for your toilet transfer.
  • The 3-in-1 commode can sometimes fit in your shower, as a shower seat.

Toilet Seats

Other Considerations
  • Majority of our Patients do discharge home with no further Occupational Therapy needs.
  • May need assist with getting in/out of bed.

Questions? Please write them down and we will address your needs after your surgery.

TOTAL KNEE Joint Replacement Surgery Education-PDF

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If you have any questions regarding your upcoming surgery, please call your doctor.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.