Driven by the ultimate goals of simply returning to ordinary life, stroke recovery at home is both an emotionally and physically challenging undertaking. However, considering the fact that more than half of stroke survivors commonly experience some degree of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in-home safety modifications may be required to make post-stroke life safer and easier.
The good news is that there are some simple steps that will enhance safety and accessibility for a person who is recovering from a stroke. The following are several post-stroke home modifications recommended by the senior care experts at Carolina Hearts Home Care:
Reduce the Risk of Falls:
Around 40% of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within the first year after their strokes. These guidelines can help deter trips and falls in the individual’s home:
· Ensure that hallways and paths to the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen are clear to minimize trip hazards
· Consider stair glides or platform lifts for any stairways in the house
· Get rid of or secure loose rugs
· Install grab bars in the shower or tub
· Mount a tub bench or shower chair
· Add non-slip mats to the inside and outside of the bathtub
Ease Laundry Tasks:
Taking care of laundry requires a significant amount of reaching, lifting, pulling, and bending, which can be difficult for an individual recovering from a stroke. The suggestions below can help reduce the risk of falls during laundry-related tasks:
• Relocate the washer and dryer to a more easily accessible location in the home
• Look into stackable, front-loading machines that might be easier to reach
• Place detergents and other laundry supplies in a central location that is easy to access
• Utilize an ironing board that folds down from the wall
Enhance Bedroom Safety:
The bedroom should be a place of safety and sanctuary. To ensure that it remains a safe, peaceful environment after a stroke, consider these tips:
• Install a light switch near the bed
• Rearrange clothes and personal items to ensure they are easy to access
• Consider using a bedside commode chair
With our in-home safety evaluations and recommendations, Carolina Hearts Home Care can help ensure that your loved one’s home is safe and comfortable for optimal stroke recovery at home. Our fully trained caregivers can also provide the care and assistance seniors need to improve recovery and make daily tasks more streamlined.
Contact us today at 1-855-277-2005 to learn more about options for home health care in Raeford and surrounding areas. Reach out to request a free in-home assessment, the first step towards developing a personalized plan to address the specific challenges you’re facing.