How to Safely Recover at Home After a Stroke

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With our in-home safety evaluations and suggestions, Live Well at Home ensures that your loved one’s home is secure and safe for stroke recovery.

Enduring and recovering from a stroke is a physically and mentally challenging experience, and the main thing you would like to do is to get back to your regular life. But, since around 2/3 of survivors usually have some means of disability as reported by the National Stroke Association, in-home safety adjustments may need to be made to make life following a stroke easier and safer.

The good news is that there are some straightforward strategies that can make the home safer and more accessible for a person who is recovering from a stroke. Below are several post-stroke home alteration tips from Live Well at Home:

Preventing Falls:

Roughly 40% of stroke survivors experience significant falls within a year after their strokes. These strategies can help reduce the risk of trips and falls in the senior’s residence:

  • Be sure hallways and paths to the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are clear so the individual can move easily
  • Consider stair glides or platform lifts for any steps in the residence
  • Take out or secure loose rugs
  • Mount grab bars in the tub or shower
  • Install a tub bench or shower chair
  • Use non-slip mats in and out of the bathtub

Ease Laundry Tasks:

Doing laundry requires a great deal of reaching, lifting, ducking and pulling that could be challenging for someone recovering from a stroke. The alterations below can help:

  • Relocate the washer and dryer to a more easily accessible location in the home
  • Consider stackable, front-loading machines that may be easier to reach
  • Place detergents and other laundry supplies in an easy to reach location
  • Utilize an ironing board that is mounted to the wall and folds down

Make the Bedroom Safer:

The bedroom ought to be a place of sanctuary and safety. To make sure it stays that way post-stroke, consider these ideas:

  • Set up a light switch close to the bed
  • Reorganize clothes and personal items to ensure they are easier to access
  • Keep a commode chair near the bed

With our in-home safety evaluations and suggestions, Live Well at Home serving Sacramento, CA and the surrounding area, can help make sure that your loved one’s home is secure and safe for stroke recovery. Our fully trained caregivers can also provide the care and assistance your loved one needs to improve recovery and make life more efficient. Call us today at 916-459-3220 or contact us online to find out more about our Sacramento senior care services. To learn more about all of the areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.

 

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