POLITICS: Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says he is dismayed by reports that insurance companies are hiking motor insurance premiums for volunteers who provide life-saving first aid in their communities.Deputy McConalogue made the comments after Aviva introduced a 20% loading fee on motor insurance policies for volunteers operating under the Community First Responder Scheme.“The news that Aviva has decided to hike the insurance policies for volunteer first responders is deplorable. In Ireland, up to 5,000 people die annually from cardiac arrest. Consistent efforts have been made to reduce the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest, and the presence of volunteers operating under this scheme is crucial to achieving this goal,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The scheme is particularly important in counties like Donegal, with a large geographical area, and where first responders can get to the scene of an incident much quicker than an ambulance can. In many situations community first responders are the first people to come to the aid of a person who is suffering chest pain, breathing difficulty, choking, stroke and cardiac arrest. They save lives right across the country on a daily basis.“The move by Aviva to hike motor insurance premiums for first responders will undo all of the good work that has been achieved to date in reducing the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest. I’ve been contacted by a number of volunteers who have said they are reconsidering their voluntary work following the sharp increase in motor insurance costs. They want to continue providing a valuable voluntary service, but Aviva is making it impossible for them to do so.“This hike in insurance costs will only lead to a reduction in the number of volunteers in towns and villages across Donegal, and could ultimately cost lives. Aviva should reconsider this move, and I’ll be pushing for Fianna Fáil to bring forward proposals to prevent unfair loading on motor premiums for first responder volunteers.”“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The 49ers’ month ahead is jam packed with business trips to start hawking their football worth.Business needs to pick up.Not only did they go 0-8 away from Levi’s Stadium last season, the 49ers have lost every away game before December in each season since 2014.SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 17: A general view during a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium on August 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)They landed …
The Facts 001 study will enrol 2 200women aged 18 to 30 years at seventrial sites across South Africa to testthe effectiveness and safety of tenofovirgel to reduce HIV infection in women.(Image: actup.org)MEDIA CONTACTS• Salim Abdool KarimCaprisa+27 31 260 4548RELATED ARTICLES• Anti-Aids gel offers hope• New research key to HIV treatment• HIV vaccine hope for Africans • HIV vaccine breaks new groundNosimilo RamelaA South African team of researchers will soon lead a major follow-up clinical trial to confirm the effectiveness and safety of tenofovir gel, an antiretroviral microbicide, which has been proven to reduce HIV infection in women.The clinical trial, named the Facts 001 study, will expand on the findings of the initial phase IIb study, called Caprisa 004, which were presented last year. The Caprisa 004 study examined the concept of using a product for Aids treatment in HIV prevention.The Durban-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) put 889 women on the study over two years. They found that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir was 39% effective in reducing HIV risk when used before and after sex. It was 54% effective when used more consistently, and also halved the incidence of genital herpes infections.However, Caprisa 004 was a small trial and was not designed for licensure purposes. In order for the gel to be licensed for distribution and use, another study with more participants needed to be conducted.Prof Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, will be leading the Facts 001 study.She said: “If we’re going to do licensure, we’ve got to demonstrate safety in thousands of women. We don’t have enough safety data yet. Through this new study we want to build up the body of knowledge of this gel so that we can put all of this data together and, assuming that we have got an effective product, apply for licensure.”Rees said the objectives of the study are to confirm the Caprisa 004 results in larger and more diverse populations, as the initial study was only done on two populations in KwaZulu-Natal where the HIV incidence is extremely high.The Facts 001 study will examine the effectiveness of the gel against HIV in different sorts of populations where the HIV incidence is lower, in other parts of the country.Honouring the unsung heroes“We are very pleased to be associated with the Facts 001 study and hope that the results of this study will confirm the positive Caprisa 004 results, making it possible to provide a technology that can help protect women against HIV and Aids,” said Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology.Funded by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Health and the US Agency for International Development, the Facts 001 study plans to enrol 2 200 women aged 18 to 30 years at seven trial sites across South Africa.This will be the first South African-led team of scientists to conduct HIV research at seven centres, said Rees. She said international scientists collaborating with local peers usually led multi-site trials.“We are very proud of the South African researchers who constantly prove that they are world-class,” said Hanekom. “We would also like to honour the women who are an integral part of these studies – they are the unsung heroes.”
SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 2February 18, 2015In “GIFF”Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community” AgTitan receives his alumni ring, againErik Hulse, AgTitan, gets straight to the point, “This is a story I will be telling for the rest of my life, a story I will never forget.”The story he’s talking about – and will talk about for decades to come – begins on the soft, muddy bank of a Texas river. AgTitan and Kenny Wade, GeoGeex, hiked through a park on an early April geocaching adventure.Their first obstacle would be little more than a slithering side note. AgTitan says, “The hike was several miles and the snakes were out in force. GeoGeex spotted the first snake of the twelve we saw that day. We both had several close calls, almost stepping on several snakes during the day, but thankfully we averted disaster with the snakes.”But an attempt to cross a river set the stage for a good deed that AgTitan could little imagine. He fell hard into the water. He says, “According to GeoGeex, the high pitched wail and spastic water dance was a sight to behold. We learned several things during the encounter… like… when your hand hits the muddy, clay-like material on bottom of a creek, Aggie rings easily slip off the finger!” AgTitan lost his beloved “Aggie ring.” It’s a Texas A&M University alumni ring. He says, “It sobered the mood the rest of the day.”But AgTitan put a call out for help. He posted the coordinates of his fall into the river on a local geocaching Facebook page, jokingly calling the location, “One Ring to Rule Them All.”Ground zero (GZ) where the ring was lostJeff Cruser, Z_Malloc, saw the post and reacted, “I knew that I could not let a fellow Aggie (Texas A&M Alumni) lose his ring without at least hunting for it! So I packed up my metal detector from work and loaded up the cachepack for a water trip.”But Z_Malloc wasn’t prepared for the jumble of fallen trees when he reached the location where the ring was lost. He says “As I approached GZ (the coordinates) I saw that it was not just a simple narrow stream with a single log to search around, but it was to be a whole blockade of logs and other submerged debris with small rapids flowing by.”Z_Malloc says that time was crucial. Rains were expected later in the day which could wash the ring downriver. He says, “I made some logical guesses about where the mighty AgTitan may have fallen in and focused on the partially submerged log in the middle of the stream. I was really glad I was alone because I bet it was quite funny to see me bent over at the waist in thigh deep water running a metal detector in one hand and feeling the bottom with the other. But after about ten minutes, and on my third hit on the metal detector, my hand brushed something in the moderately packed clay on the bottom.”Z_Malloc recovers the ringZ_Malloc pulled a silt covered ring from the water and kept his sense of humor intact. “I had the ring in my hand. So as I dragged the cache (ring) to the surface. I knew I was going to be FTF…..but NOOOOO the log (inscription) read Erik J. Hulse. All that work and to not get the FTF! So feeling all depressed, I tossed the ring back in the water for the next person to find and walked away. Just kidding.”Z_Malloc says he got a great story out of the adventure and helped a former Texas A&M alumni and geocacher.AgTitan says that he only found out the ring was recovered when GeoGeex called hours later, “Kenny (geogeex) called me when I was at work because Jeff (Z_Malloc) posted on Facebook that he found my ring. I didn’t believe Kenny at first, and kept asking him if he was joking with me. When I realized it was for real, I found Jeff’s number and called thanking him.”AgTitan says he didn’t just receive his ring back – he also earned a new respect for the geocaching community, “It is amazing what geocachers (and Aggies!) will do for one another, even when you hardly know someone. TFTR (Thanks for the ring!) Jeff!!”GeoGeex, Z_Malloc and AgTitanShare with your Friends:More
UPDATED on March 30 to clarify the distinction between the Let Oregon Lead Committee and the Reach Code Committee, which is the actual governmental body responsible for Reach Code development.In July 2009, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed into law Senate Bill 79, which was designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings planned for construction by authorizing updates to Oregon’s building codes.The basic goal was to bring Oregon code to the level of national model codes, such as California’s Title 24 code requirements. Another important provision of the law directed the state to focus on developing optional code, called Reach Code, that would help push the energy efficiency envelope beyond state requirements. A significant step in that direction was taken earlier this month when members of the group responsible for developing Reach Code – the Reach Code Advisory Committee – unanimously approved adoption of the Passivhaus standard as an option for commercial construction.A coalition of Passive House consultants, green builders, and nonprofit agencies called the Let Oregon Lead Committee also announced that the Reach Code Committee will consider, in an upcoming session, adopting the Passivhaus standard as a Reach Code option for residential construction.Reaching for top performanceS.B. 79 directed the Department of Consumer and Business Services, which includes the Oregon Building Codes Division, to update statewide code in place in 2009 to higher levels of energy efficiency for new commercial and residential buildings. The energy efficiency requirement for nonresidential structures increased 15% to 25%; for residential buildings the increase was 10% to 15%.Energy use in a nonresidential building conforming to the Reach Code’s newly adopted Passivhaus option would be cut by 70% to 90% over a similar structure built to mandatory code, the advisory committee notes in its announcement. While the Let Oregon Lead Committee acknowledges that the new code is an “option within and option,” its purpose is “to incentivize high-performance buildings, and to allow jurisdictions and builders to field test state-of-the-art construction methods.”The committee also said the Passivhaus Reach Code measure was endorsed by 14 nonprofits and 29 business groups, including the Oregon Citizens’ Utility Board, the Oregon Environmental Council, the Climate Solutions advocacy group, Rocky Mountain Institute, and a business alliance called the Voice for Oregon Innovation & Sustainability.Portland-based Passivhaus consultant Graham Wright wrote the adoption amendment, whose Let Oregon Lead proponents include two members also based in Portland: Sam Hagerman, president of the national Passive House Alliance and president of contracting company Hammer & Hand, and Stephen Aiguier, president of Green Hammer, a design and construction firm.Incentives and goalsHammer & Hand’s director of business development, Zack Semke, told GBA that the Reach Code Committee could consider adoption of the Passivhaus standard as a Reach Code option for residential construction as early as next month. Details of compliance incentives, beyond federal tax incentives, are still being ironed out, but Semke noted that projects being built to the Passivhaus standard would in any case qualify for financial incentives available through the state-mandated nonprofit Energy Trust of Oregon, which helps fund energy-saving projects by many of Oregon’s utility customers.A house built to the Passivhaus standard, for example, would conform to Energy Trust of Oregon’s Advanced Performance Home criteria, which would qualify the project for an incentive of $4,000. Other, utility-sponsored programs also are being considered. And Semke points out that local jurisdictions are likely to develop their own sets of incentives for Reach Code compliance – expedited review and permitting, say, or increased height or density allowances.At this point, Semke adds, municipalities cannot vote to make provisions of the Reach Code mandatory, in the way municipalities in Massachusetts can adopt stricter code requirements for both residential and commercial buildings. Pending further approval by the state, however, the Reach Code could be folded into Oregon’s base building code in three years.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … christina ortiz Are Black Friday and Cyber Monday fighting a battle neither of them can win? It certainly looks that way as shopping landscape shifst both online and offline. A few holiday seasons down the road, both big-deal days may seem as quaint and dated as Sears Catalogs and keeping stores closed on Sundays. Enter Cyber Monday The term “Cyber Monday” was born during the holiday season of 2005, when the U.S. Trade Association’s National Retail Federation began to notice that shoppers who had just spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend barreling through crowded stores, were cyber-shopping when they sat down at their work computers on the following Monday. The federation’s site Shop.org officially coined the term in 2005 and set up an eponymous site in 2006. Obviously, post-Thanksgiving online shopping at work had been going on long before the NRF put a name on it. But it’s grown into something bigger and more influential, not only changing the way Black Friday works, but also the way retail stores handle the holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday revealed the biggest weakness in the Black Friday concept: brick-and-mortar. What used to be an asset is now hurting this once powerful shopping day as harried workers rebel against early hours and ornery customers fighting over flat screens. Add on the fact that retailers are now expanding Black Friday into Thanksgiving evening, and you’ve got one messed up system. That’s why Black Friday is now projected to be only the second busiest shopping day of the year, behind Cyber Monday. Research from Compuware APM pegs total spending on Cyber Monday at $1.44 billion. But what about Cyber Monday? Does it even make sense?In the modern world, it doesn’t matter what day it is, wherever you are, you can shop the holiday sales from anywhere as long as you’re connected. Most shoppers now have decent Internet connections from home, and as Dan Rowinski pointed out last week, mobile shopping now accounts for about 12% of the purchases made on Cyber Monday. Obviously, you don’t need to be back at work to use your smartphone.Et Tu, Target? So what’s the future of Cyber Monday in a world where office computers are not required to buy online? Retailers are recognizing this and beating Cyber Monday to the punch by starting sales earlier – both online and in store. The sales calendars don’t matter any more, but that doesn’t mean retailers won’t try to leverage the ideas with sales and deals tied to no-longer-relevant concepts.Online-only sites like Amazon are morphing Cyber Monday into Cyber Week. They’re posting new deals every day leading up to Black Friday or during the week following Cyber Monday to help keep the shopping excitement going longer. Brent Shelton, a spokesman for FatWallet, told the Daily Finance Blog that we should be expecting events like “Cyber Monday II” on December 5. Whether it’s longer sales online or in store, the retail calendar we follow today won’t stand the test of time. And that’s probably a good thing compared to getting up at 4am to stand in line at Wal-Mart – or spending your work day on eBay.Image courtesy of Shuttershock. Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
Shooting HandheldShooting something organically is a goal shared by many filmmakers. You want to make something honest, real, cheap, and (most importantly) you want to connect with your audience. I’m here to make the case for why shooting handheld isn’t always the best solution. If you’re looking at major motion pictures as a reference point, you’ll note that the best stories aren’t always told through the motion of the camera — rather, they rely on carefully composing the characters within a smooth shot. You’ll notice the smoothness of your vision if you stand up and walk around the room. It’s almost as if there is in-body stabilization built into your brain, acting as a gimbal of sorts.Shooting handheld is perfect for a variety of different shots and moments throughout your film. Action movies tend to use the shaky handheld aesthetic to bring the viewers in while making them anxious, then spit them out once the violence concludes. Directors like Paul Greengrass, Christoper Nolan (with the Dark Knight films), and plenty of others all block their scenes with the handheld view.Going for SmoothOn the other hand, filmmakers like David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson favor the slow, smooth, steady camera work that acts as the point of view for the audience. Slowing things down and using a gimbal or a Steadicam puts the viewer in the characters’ shoes and immerses them in the narrative world.But, if you want to slow things down even more, go for complete stillness. Set your camera up on a tripod, carefully compose the shot according to the space at hand, and let the story unfold right before a fixed lens.There’s No Right WayThe beauty of filmmaking is that every aspect of the production process offers both blessings and curses. In this instance, each camera move can work in any type of scene — the question is should it? Go ahead and shoot handheld as much as you want. The only thing that matters when it’s all said and done is whether or not the story is engaging. Everything we do as storytellers is about figuring out how to tell the most compelling story possible, no matter how you do it.Top image via welcomia.Looking for more filmmaking video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountThe Benefits of Working with 4K Footage in a 1080 SequenceWhat Else Can You Do with Your 360° and VR Video Footage?Everything to Know About Layer Styles in After Effects7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Blackmagic’s URSA Mini Pro From expansive dolly moves to intimate handheld shots, there’s a range of camera movements for every shot. But which one works best for the story?The bottom line is that camera movement should either cater to the story or get its motivation from the charters. Handheld, dolly, Steadicam, crane, and static shots all are tools to cater to the film, not detract from it. Understanding the origins of these shots can better your skills when it comes to capturing them on set.In this video, I’ve broken down several of the camera movements I use most frequently — and when it’s appropriate to use them.
With at least 13 Indians heading global corporations in the West, Time magazine recently described CEOs as India’s leading “export” and even suggested that the subcontinent could well be “the ideal training ground for global bosses.” For the record, it is reckoned that the total size of businesses managed by just 10 Indian-origin CEOs globally exceeded the total exports from India, which stood at $300 billion last year.Okay, cut to the marquee-blazing star-cast, the Boardroom Badshah’s residing in the highest stratosphere of the corporate peak that lesser mortals can only dream of. The elite, blue-chip dazzlers of the exclusive India Club: Shantanu Narayan of Adobe, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Prem Watsa of Fairfax financial, Anshu Jain of Deutsche, Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, Ivan Menezies of Diageo, Rakesh Kapoor of Reckitt Benckiser, Piyush Gupta of DBS Group Holdings, Sanjay Mehrotra of Sandisk, Rajeev Vasudeva of professional services firm Egon Zehnder and the latest Rajiv Suri of Nokia.Microsoft’s Satya NadellaWow! But what ignites this phenomenon and drives this startling hit-parade? Ask any group of business people about what makes iconic, effective leaders, and the answers are diverse. Leaders set strategy. They motivate. They create vision and mission. They build culture. Blah, blah, blah.To the next question, what should leaders really do, the answer, invariably is … get good results. How? This chilling mystery has spawned tons of leadership experts who have made an entire cottage industry of this challenging and indefinable calling mandated to translate objectives — strategic, financial, organizational — into reality. Regarding the Indian managers, observers believe it could well have been the hunger for a better lifestyle that their country could not offer; a blend of untapped talent looking desperately for the right opportunities and trigger to fire; the perfect setting of the ideal inspirational and motivational environment that is a conduit and catalyst to live the impossible dream. The brain drain was bound to happen due to the inadequate professional opportunities provided at home for driven, gifted and ambitious young corporate professionals, determined to push the envelope in their leap to the future.What is the secret behind this India-centric leadership burst in the West? At a simplistic level, the best selling author Chetan Bhagat, in his blockbuster book Five Point Someone (later made into a monster Bollywood superhit 3 Idiots) offers three simple rules to lead a sane and contented life: Whatever the hassle, problem or roadblock in life, always remember to comfort yourself by saying “Aal iz well!” Two, chase excellence, not money and success will follow. Three, life is not about going crazy hounding marks or grades. It is about pursuing your dreams.Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi.To some extent India’s head honchos may have just tuned in when Bhagat was doing his number. A 2004 study suggests that Indian corporate chiefs are partial to participative management and building meaningful relationships with their subordinates. Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi said, “You need to look at the employee and say I value you as a person and not just treat you as employee no. 4,567!”Another study found Indian managers, compared to their US counterparts, more humble. Yet another study indicated that Indian managers were future-oriented focusing on long-term strategies, something solidly backed by their stars. Narayan of Adobe is reported to have once famously said, “If you can connect all the dots between what you see today and where you want to go, then it’s not ambitious or aspirational enough.” Nadella of Microsoft quoted Oscar Wilde, “We need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable!”Finally, the perseverance factor is also just another major attribute to powering Indians on top of the West. Learning the ropes, going through the paces with utmost seriousness, diligence and discipline, without attitude or tantrums and moving up slowly, but steadily, in the corporate hierarchy, while demonstrating both loyalty and acumen all along, are qualities that have obviously paid off. Nooyi, Jain, Menezes, Narayan and Nadella have all done time and served their organization with dedication, commitment and unmatched loyalty. They didn’t happen overnight!So, at the end of the day, it has to boil down to: Empathy, inclusiveness, humility and patience re-enforced by daring to dream, the hunger to achieve and finally, the confidence & ability to succeed. Related Items
MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Desiree Cheng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle skipper Desiree Cheng had a curious reason for having one her worst offensive outputs in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Cheng finished with just two points in the Lady Spikers’ five-set loss to Far Eastern University, 25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 27-25, 15-8, and head coach Ramil De Jesus said the poor performance stemmed from a stray cat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon for record 4th time The Lady Spikers’ defense discombobulated in the fifth set, and coupled with crucial errors, the Lady Tamaraws just took advantage.Heather Guino-o scored on two perfectly placed off-speed kills that gave FEU a 14-7 lead and Jolina Dela Cruz’ final hit sailed way off the out of bounds line giving the Lady Tamaraws the victory.The loss sent La Salle to a 10-4 record and the defending champion, instead of sealing the second seed and the twice-to-beat advantage, would now play University of Santo Tomas, also at 10-4, in a playoff for the No. 2 spot in the standings heading into the Final Four.De Jesus said his team should not be playing in their opponent’s pace and that they should at least match the intensity if not exceed it.“When an opponent gets that good of a start we should also play at that kind of level or even better,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT De Jesus said Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan that a stray cat scratched Cheng during the weekend and the outside spiker had to miss several days of practice after being vaccinated.“Des got scratched by a cat during the weekend so she was given anti-tetanus and anti-rabies, so I gave her the time off during a few days of practices” said De Jesus in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCheng averaged 10.4 points per game prior to the loss to the Lady Tamaraws and her two-point production was her second-worst offensive performance after she scored one point against—as fate had it—FEU in La Salle’s 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 sweep in her return from a one-game absence due to an injury in her right shoulder.La Salle’s loss, however, couldn’t be solely attributed to Cheng. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Alternate NamesHip or knee surgery – getting your home readyIntroductionBefore you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home to make your recovery and life easier when you come back. Do this well in advance of your surgery.Ask your doctor, nurse, or physical therapist about getting your home ready.Make It Easy for YourselfMake sure everything you need is easy to get to and on the same floor where you will spend most of your time. If you will need to use the stairs, you should limit using them to once a day.Have a bed that is low enough so that your feet touch the floor when you sit on the edge of the bed.Set up your bed on the first floor if you can. You may not need a hospital bed, but your mattress should be firm.Have a bathroom or a portable commode on the same floor where you will spend most of your day.Stock up on canned or frozen food, toilet paper, shampoo, and other personal items.Either buy or make single meals that can be frozen and reheated.Make sure you can reach everything you need without getting on your tiptoes or bending down low.Put food and other supplies in a cupboard that is between your waist and shoulder level.Place glasses, your teapot, and other items you use a lot on the kitchen counter.Make sure you can get to your phone. A portable phone can be helpful.Place a chair with a firm back in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and other rooms you will use. This way, you can sit when you do your daily tasks.If you will be using a walker, attach a sturdy bag or a small basket to it to hold your phone, a notepad, a pen, and another other things you will need to have close by. You can also use a fanny pack.You may need help bathing, using the toilet, cooking, running errands, shopping, going to the doctor, and exercising. If you do not have someone to help you at home for the first 1 or 2 weeks after surgery, ask your doctor or nurse about having a trained caregiver come to your home to help you. This person can also check the safety of your home and help you with your daily activities.advertisementOther items that may help:A shower sponge with a long handleA shoehorn with a long handleA cane, crutches, or a walkerA reacher to help you pick up things from the floor, put on your pants, and take off your socksA sock aid to help you put on your socksHandle bars in the bathroom to allow you to steady yourselfBathroom SetupRaising the toilet seat height will keep you from flexing your knee too much. You can do this by adding a seat cover or elevated toilet seat or a toilet safety frame. You can also use a commode chair instead of a toilet.You may need to have safety bars in your bathroom. Grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.Do not use towel racks as grab bars. They cannot support your weight.You will need two grab bars. One helps you get in and out of the tub. The other helps you stand from a sitting position.You can make several changes to protect yourself when you take a bath or shower:Put non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone decals in the tub to prevent falls.Use a non-skid bath mat outside the tub for firm footing.Keep the floor outside the tub or shower dry.Place soap and shampoo where you do not need to stand up, reach, or twist.Sit on a bath or shower chair when taking a shower:Make sure it has rubber tips on the bottom.Buy a seat without arms if it is placed in a bathtub.Avoiding FallsKeep tripping hazards out of your home.Remove loose wires or cords from areas you walk through to get from one room to another.Remove loose throw rugs.Fix any uneven flooring in doorways. Use good lighting.Have night lights placed in hallways and rooms that can be dark.Pets that are small or move around may cause you to trip. For the first few weeks you are home, consider having your pet stay elsewhere (such as with a friend, in a kennel, or in the yard).Do not carry anything when you are walking around. You may need your hands to help you balance.advertisementPractice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair. It is especially important to practice the correct ways to:Sit down to use the toilet and stand up after using the toiletGet in and out of the showerUse the shower chairGo up and down stairsReview Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.