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Hip Safety: Mastering Daily Tasks

You must learn how to follow hip precautions while doing daily tasks. This includes using special aids to help you avoid bending. With a therapist’s help, you will practice doing daily tasks safely with your new hip.

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Bathing

To avoid bending your hip too much while bathing, use a long-handled sponge and a shower hose. Your therapist can show you how to use a shower bench or chair in the bathtub or shower stall.

Dressing

A sock aid and a long-handled shoehorn let you put on and take off socks, stockings, and shoes without bending your hip too much. Other tools can help you put on underwear and pants.

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Housekeeping and Cooking

A reacher can come in handy when you need to grasp objects that are too far above or below you. Try to store items at a convenient height. Small items can be carried in a basket on your walker.

Getting into Cars

As a passenger, be sure the car seat is all the way back. Keeping your operated leg forward, lower yourself onto the seat. Allow the seat to support you. Then slide back in a semi-reclining position, and pivot your body. Bring your legs into the car one at a time.

Online Medical Reviewer: Ackermann, Connie, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Huddleston, James I, MD
Last Review Date: 1/3/2012
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