- Place commonly used kitchen, bathroom, and dressing items at counter level to avoid overhead reaching
- Add a grab bar in the shower to decrease risk of falling
- Prepare and freeze meals in advance so they can be reheated easily
- Discover SnapWear™ Post Surgery Clothing to ease dressing during your recovery.
- Tying shoes with one hand is difficult; choose slip-ons or shoes with elastic shoelaces or Velcro closures
- An electric toothbrush may be easier to manage if the surgery was on your dominant arm
- Take clothing and other necessary items out of hard to reach places.
- Have pull up elastic waist pants and loose fitting shirts, jackets, or sweaters on hand to make dressing with one arm easier
- For women, front closure bras may be easier to manage with one hand
- Comfort care
- Get a variety of extra pillows for the car and bed.
- Use bags of frozen vegetables as ice packs; they are larger and conform to the shoulder area. Apply after surgery and therapy sessions to decrease pain and inflammation.
- Since you are sleeping with a sling, a recliner chair may be a good alternative to the bed.
- Try these other sleep positions:
- Begin therapy, allowing the therapist passively move the arm, as soon as recommended after surgery
- While in the sling, make a fist and release it several times per hour.
- Follow instructions for removing the sling, bending and straightening the elbow, and doing pendulum movements.
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