The length of time it will take before you’re ready to go home will depend on the type of amputation you’ve had, your general state of health and whether your house is ready / accessible.
Before you’re discharged from hospital you’ll be asked if you have family support. An occupational therapist may arrange to visit you at home to see whether your home environment needs to be adapted to make it more accessible.
For example, you may need a wheelchair ramp or a stairlift. If these types of modifications are required, the issue can be referred to your local social services department. Read about mobility, wheelchairs and scooters and assessing your care and support needs.
It can take several months before you’re fitted with a prosthetic limb (if you’re suitable for one), so you may be given a wheelchair to help you get around if you’ve had a lower limb amputation.
You’ll probably need to attend a follow-up appointment a few weeks after being discharged to discuss how well you’re coping at home and whether you require additional help, support or equipment.
At your appointment, you may also be given details of your nearest amputee support group, made up of both healthcare professionals and people living with an amputation.
Finding Your Feet are here to offer support and help wherever we can.