Home is a very different place for a stroke survivor. Walking, navigating furniture, and even performing small, everyday tasks like making the bed or doing laundry can pose new challenges. In fact, 40% of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes.
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
For more tips on making life more comfortable after a stroke, click here.
Aunt Ann’s Home Care of San Francisco can help make your loved one’s home a safer place to be through a home assessment and some simple modifications. Learn more about our home care services by contacting us at 415.974.3530 or 650.757.2000.