I hope some of you lovely people may have some tips on preparing for living alone while recuperating from surgery. First, the situation is my friend, age 73, who has had breast cancer, then developed COPD with increasingly severe breathlessness, and now is found to need her aortic valve replaced. Surgery is scheduled next week. It will be a new minimally invasive surgery called TAVR, done under conscious sedation. The recovery period is much easier than with open heart surgery; the problem being that she will be dismissed home after only 2 nights in the hospital, and on her own, as her adult children are fairly useless. She has a medical alarm system for emergencies, neighbors will look in a couple of times a day, I plan to do tidying up and organize meals, but I feel we could do more to arrange things so that what she needs is at hand or easy to get. If you have coped alone at home after surgery, what might have helped you most? (I was laid up after foot surgery a few years back and confined to the ground floor, frustrated that I couldn't successfully explain what clothing I wanted to my husband - it is things like that I'm trying to anticipate.) She will have a shower chair. The walker she already uses to get around with has a basket to carry things. She will have television and laptop to distract; don't know if puzzles and books are enjoyable at this stage. Any suggestions from your experience will be much appreciated.