This information will help you learn how to safely do household chores and daily activities.
Have someone do laundry for you. If you don’t have someone to do your laundry:
- Do smaller loads.
- Carry your loads in a plastic bag, backpack, or wheeled cart.
- Use a reacher to get your laundry in or out of front-loading machines.
- Sit on a high stool to do ironing.
Working in the kitchen
Follow this advice to protect your knee and stay safe in the kitchen after your surgery:
- Keep the items you use often within easy reach. Use a long-handled reacher if you can’t reach something. Try not to store food on low shelves so you don’t have to bend down.
- Use prepared meals, frozen meals, a service (like Meals on Wheels), or order in food.
- Use the oven only if you feel you can do so without twisting your knee. A microwave or stovetop is best.
- Slide objects along the countertops instead of lifting them.
- Use a wheeled trolley or cart to move items when using your crutches or walker.
- Carry things in an apron with large pockets, a waist pouch, backpack, or a bag attached to your walker.
- Sit on a high stool when you’re working at the counter.
- Use containers with tight-fitting lids to move foods and liquids (like a Thermos or mug with lid) so you don’t get burned.
Some grocery stores offer delivery or curb-side pickup. Check with the store you shop at. If you need to go to a store:
- Have someone help you with shopping.
- Shop at stores that are easily accessible (such as stores with a wide entrance and no stairs).
- Bring your walking aid with you.
- Bring your reacher to pick up items from the lower shelves.
- Use a backpack to carry the things you buy.
- Buy canned or frozen goods to cut back on the how often you have to shop.
Doing housework and yard work
You should be able to do light housekeeping, such as dusting and washing dishes.
Have someone help with heavy work, such as vacuuming, washing floors, changing bed sheets, cutting the grass, and shoveling snow. You can also hire help (if you can afford it).
Take out small amounts of garbage at a time or have someone take out garbage for you.
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