The Total Joint Center
If you would like additional information about the Total Joint Center or
wish to make an appointment, please call 401-793-5852.
Total Joint Center Physicians
Please complete a walk-through of your home and use the information below and the information sheet provided in the front pocket of this guide to ensure that your home will be safe for you to return to after your surgery.
If possible, use furniture with a matte finish rather than a glossy finish.
Store medications in a safe place, following label instructions. Use a simple management system, such as a medication box. Be sure you can manage child-resistant closures; if not, request alternative closures from your pharmacist. Properly dispose of outdated medications.
Have an emergency fire exit plan. Smoke alarms should be present and in working order, with one on each floor. Notify your local police department that there is someone with a disability in the house.
General Home Safety Guidelines after a Total Joint Replacement: Room-by-Room Assessment
Place frequently used items in accessible cabinets so you won't have to use a stepstool.
Keep counters clear of clutter.
Make sure flooring is not slippery; remove rugs.
Buy juices/milk/etc. in small containers to avoid lifting heavy items.
Have a lamp and telephone on the bedside table. Check that both are working.
Use a night-light to illuminate the path to the bathroom.
If the floor is carpeted, be sure it is low pile. Do not use throw rugs over the carpet.
If possible, arrange a bedroom on the first floor.
Have plenty of room to walk around all sides of the bed.
Keep items in the closet off the floor and stored at heights that are easily accessible.
Place frequently used clothing in higher drawers. Store away seasonal items.
Sit in a chair with arms while dressing.
Use a night-light. Be sure it is bright enough to illuminate the bathroom.
Use a non-skid mat in the tub.
Remove rugs or be sure backing is non-skid.
Use grab bars by the toilet and the tub. Do not use towel bars as a support or to pull up on; towel bars are often not secured well enough for this purpose.
Consider using medical equipment such as a raised toilet seat and extended tub bench as needed to make mobility easier and decrease your risk of falls.
Place electric cords along walls, not in traffic areas or under rugs.
Seating should be sturdy, secure and at a height that is easy to get into and up from. You may have specific chair height requirements after your surgery.
Use chairs with arms; avoid rockers or chairs that tilt or move.
If using a device like a walker or cane, be sure paths are clear to allow safe passage for yourself and the equipment.
Rearrange furniture to open up all walkways. Stairways/Halls
Keep stairs and hallways free from clutter.
Consider adding nonskid strips to stairways. If you have vision problems, adding contrast tape or paint to the edge of each step can be helpful.
Consider adding railings on both sides of stairs. Many options are available to adapt stairs. Electric lifts and ramps are two suggestions.
Plan to have a family member or caregiver help you manage stairs and steps initially upon your return home.
Steps and walkways should be in good condition with appropriate lighting.
Handrails should be sturdy.
Landscaping such as hedges and trees should not interfere with outdoor walkways.
Garage doors should be automatic and easy to operate.
Especially during inclement weather, paths should be clear of loose dirt, leaves, snow, etc. Please plan ahead to ensure that outdoor pathways are clear when you return home.