This section teaches you how to get in and out of bed by providing step by step instructions and a video clip.
The first day after surgery, your nurse or therapist will show you the right way to get in and out of bed. If you are a hip replacement patient, DO NOT sit up in bed and reach forward to get things at the end of the bed. You can get things safely by using a long handled reacher. If you are a knee replacement patient, you may sit and reach as tolerated.
To safely get in bed, follow these steps:
- Using your walking aid, back up until you feel the bed behind you.
- Extend your operated leg, and sit on the edge of the bed.
- Move your walking aid out of the way.
- Using your arms for support, slide your bottom across the bed, and bring both legs up onto the bed (lift operated leg onto the bed if need be).
- Position yourself on your back, or on your non-operated side. Do not cross your legs.
- Place a pillow between your legs. Body pillows work very well.
To get out of bed, follow these steps:
- Remove top sheets and pillows.
- Bend your non-operated leg and using your elbows as support, slide your bottom to bring yourself to the edge of the bed.
- From a semi-lying position push up on your elbows and hands. Do not cross your legs.
- Slide your hips and legs over to the edge of the bed.
- Swing your body around to sit up.
- Extend your operated leg and stand up, using your stronger leg for support.
To watch a video clip of this activity, please see below. Please note that you may be prompted to install Microsoft's video software called Silverlight to view the video.