Organizing your home after surgery
Organizing your home after surgery is as important as organizing before surgery. Your return home and recovery will be easier if clutter is reduced or eliminated and your home is safe and items are easily accessible. The health and safety benefits of organizing can give you a greater sense of independence. As your San Diego Professional Organizer here are my 5 organizing tips for what to do for your return home from surgery:
Organizing your home after surgery | Kitchen
Organize the kitchen before surgery so that when you return it is safe, items are accessible, and you have what you need for at least 1 week. Make sure that you or someone discards all of the trash and perishables before surgery. It is a good idea to have the dishwasher empty. Assign the responsibility of grocery shopping to someone who can do this just prior to your return home. Be specific about dietary needs and preferences. As needed, have a set of dishes, flatware and glasses at counter level if you will be restricted in bending and lifting. Remove area rugs to avoid trip hazards.
Organizing your home after surgery | Bathroom
Organize the bathroom. Discard all trash before your surgery. Create accessible storage for extra paper goods, trash bags, towels, wash cloths, and toiletries. Be prepared and order any special assistance equipment and supplies such as shower grab bars, extendable grabber for dropped items, elevated toilet seat, or shower/tub transfer bench. After my surgery I needed to have wound care supplies such as paper tape, sterile bandages, and plastic wrap on hand. Find out what you need as you prepare your bathroom for after surgery.
Organizing your home after surgery | General household
Organizing your home after surgery is especially important if you live alone. Before your procedure it may be a good idea to set lights and radios on timers.
Try to avoid letting anything look like your home is unoccupied for a length of time such as trash bins left outside for days or newspapers and mail visibly piling up at the entrance.
Ensure that someone will care for both indoor and outdoor plants.
Keep extra eyeglasses in all rooms of your home including the bathroom.
Place flashlights near your bedside, in the bathroom, and near your entrance to the house; stock extra batteries.
Remove trip hazards such as scatter rugs and piles of things on the stairwell.
Determine if any special equipment may be needed such as an elevated toilet seat, shower transfer bench, extension grabber, a walker or cane, etc. Order these in advance.
For those of you who own pets secure a caretaker for him/her as well as a backup. Remember to leave the veterinarian’s contact info for the caregiver.
Change your email and voicemail messages if you are going to be out for an extended time.