When you are discharged from the hospital, you will need certain pieces of equipment to assist you in managing at home after surgery. This equipment should be arranged and in your home BEFORE you come to the hospital for your surgery.
You must have:
- A standard walker (with no wheels) and in some cases crutches.
For hip surgery, you may need:
- A versaframe (if the raised toilet seat does not have arms)
- An adjustable height bath transfer bench for tub showers
- An adjustable height shower chair for walk-in showers
The following items, or assistive devices, are optional, depending on the amount of assistance that is available to you when you return home:
- Elastic shoelaces
This equipment can either be purchased or rented. A list of equipment vendors in London and surrounding area can be found through southwesthealthline.ca.