Planning for bunion surgery when I live alone

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I need to have bunion surgery on each of my feet. I live alone and do not have family in the area. I am talking to Visiting Angels/Home Instead and maybe others about paying them for post op care. This is very expensive so I am trying to figure out how much help I need. I do work from home. I live in a 1200 square townhouse spreadout on 3 floors. The middle floor is the main floor. My only full bath is upstairs.

They also seem to only have women healthcare providers. I have put on a lot of weight due to being sedentary for a while due to bunions. I am worried that they are not strong enough to really help me get in my house. I also have a stoop with two fairly high steps and no bannister to get up, then there is a stoop to get to the street. I am trying to figure out how I will do the aftercare. I am looking for advice from people who did this.

  1. How long do I need to get 24x7 home healthcare? I was considering the first week. I was told the first several days I need constant ice. This is like $320/day.

  2. How long after bunion surgery were you able to put any weight on your heel?

  3. Do you have a recommendation for a good and sturdy type of cane?

  4. I think the best way to get up and down my stairs and my stoop by myself is to sit on my butt. However, I am going to need something at the top of my stairs That is a little higher up for me to sit on so I dont have to stand up entirely with 1 leg. Does anyone have a suggestion for something I can stack?

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    I don't know cause I have one level it was hard I used crutches I would go have my surgery where my family is located hope everything works out

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    Hello, I wouldn't get both feet done at once, you won't be able to get about. I can only think to try and sleep and live downstairs and go to the toilet upstairs via your bum/bottom/fanny lol if you are from the USA. Good luck and all the best.


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    You will definitely need assistance for at least the first week. I was not allowed to put any weight on my foot for the first 8 weeks. I had a scooter and crutches to get around. I could not drive for 10 weeks. My advice is to get everything you need on your main level before your surgery. I also had a shower chair. I had to crawl up my stairs and go down on my bottom. I found that I constantly had to have my foot elevated to help with the swelling. Hope this helps.

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