Recovering physically and emotionally from a stroke is challenging. On top of that, there may be concerns with what were once the simplest of functions and everyday tasks that now present new challenges and hazards, resulting in many stroke survivors suffering falls or other injuries.
However, according to the National Stroke Association, there are several ways to make the home safer and more accessible for a person who has experienced a stroke.
Because the risk of falling is high post-stroke, try these simple modifications for a safer home:
- Clear paths to the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen can help the person move about safely
- Consider stair glides or platform lifts if stairs are in the home
- Remove loose carpets or rugs that can cause tripping or slipping
- Install grab bars in the shower or tub
- Use a tub bench or shower chair
- Install non-slip floor strips inside and outside the tub
Simplify the Laundry:
While we may not realize it, doing the laundry requires lots of reaching, lifting, and pulling that may be difficult for a stroke survivor. The following modifications can help:
- Move washers and dryers to an easily accessible location in the home
- Consider stackable, front-loading machines that may be easier to reach
- Put detergents and other laundry supplies in an easy to reach location
- Use an ironing board that folds down from the wall
The bedroom should be a place of rest, sanctuary, and safety. Keep it that way for stroke survivors with these tips:
- Install a light switch near the bed
- Reorganize clothes and personal items to make them easier to access
- Keep a commode chair near the bed
Certified by CAHSAH (California Association for Health Services at Home), Visiting Angels has been providing home care in the San Francisco Bay area since 2003, helping clients through a variety of difficult life circumstances, including stroke. We’re here for you and your family for as little as a few hours or for full, around-the-clock care, whether temporary or long-term, providing personal care assistance, meal preparation, exercise, transportation, light housekeeping, and much more. We invite you to contact us to discuss your individual situation and how we can make life easier and more fulfilling for your loved one.