There is so much uncertainty when returning home after a stroke. It takes time to heal and assess what level of function will return after a stroke. The stroke victim is also dealing with dramatic changes to their daily lives. These four simple tips will help to make your home safe for stroke recovery.
According to stroke.org, 40 percent of stroke victims suffer falls within a year after suffering their strokes. Get help making your home more accessible for a wheelchair, walker or cane by moving furniture to widen pathways between rooms and taping down electrical cords to prevent trips and falls.
Keep counters clear of clutter to eliminate spills that can cause slips and falls. Installing an over-the-stove mirror can help patients in wheelchairs see the contents of pots and pans on the stove. Always use oven mitts to move pots and pans to and from the stove. Keep both a fire extinguisher and a telephone within easy reach.
Reorganize clothing and personal items to make them easier to reach. Keep a lamp or nightlight next to the bed to give you plenty of light when going from the bedroom to the bathroom. Keep medications organized and in a safe, easily accessible place.
Install safety bars and non-slip tub mats in the bathtub/shower to prevent slips getting into and out of the bathtub or consider investing in a shower chair or foldout bath bench for added stability. Add slip-resistant backing to bath rugs. Make sure faucet handles and knobs are easy to operate to avoid burns. Consider riser for the toilet to raise the seat height or a commode chair.
For more information on stroke recovery and care, visit stroke.org.