Recovering At Home: How A Few Adjustments Can Help

Recovering At Home: How A Few Adjustments Can Help

Beth Zeigler
Sep 29, 2009

092909crutch-01.jpgA close friend of ours was recently in a motorcycle accident which left her foot badly injured. With six months of surgeries and painful physical therapy still ahead, her apartment had to be adjusted to suit her suddenly less-mobile situation. In the rearranged home, aesthetics now had to take a back seat, giving way to basic functionality...

Here are a few simple adjustments that made our friend's recovery time at home infinitely more functional:

  • Ask friends and family to help move furniture around. It may seem like a hassle to move the bed into the living room, but utilizing a larger space for recuperating will make things easier in the long run.
  • Create a large, temporary bedside table. Being confined to the bed for a long period of time isn't easy. The #1 difficulty? Nothing is within arms reach! By having a spot to place your most-used items (like your laptop, dishes and reading material), the space is both comfortable and functional, without the clutter.
  • Make sure to clear all pathways. Have a friend walk through the space and remove anything unstable that you would otherwise rely on to balance yourself. And whether the injury is a broken arm or leg, pull up rugs that might cause you to slip. Most injuries have you feeling off-balanced and removing obstacles will make the recuperating stress-free.
  • And lastly, bring things into the space that make you happy. Flowers, your favorite signature scent, travel books--anything that will make the space uplifting during the healing process.

Apartment Therapy readers-- how have you had to adjust your home to ease the injury-recovery process?

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