Before your elderly loved one can come home from the hospital following a stroke, a few changes may need to be made to the home. The El Dorado stroke care experts at Home Care Assistance have a few suggestions for making life easier for your loved one during recovery.
Make Adjustments with Mobility in Mind
If your loved one needs to use a wheelchair for mobility, a ramp may need to be built outside. The doors must be at least 36 inches wide. If the stroke has affected your loved one’s hand movements, lever doorknobs are usually easier to operate than circular doorknobs. If there are stairs inside the home, consider installing a chairlift or moving your loved one to the first floor.
Modify the Bathroom
At a minimum you should install grab bars in the bathroom so your loved one can easily get in and out of the tub or shower. A raised commode seat can help your loved one get on and off the toilet easier. Additionally, consider the use of a three-in-one commode chair because getting to the bathroom in time may pose too great a challenge. If your loved one is using a wheelchair, consider removing the area under the sink so the chair can roll under it. However, be careful to eliminate the possibility of getting burnt on hot water pipes.
Make Accommodations in the Bedroom
As with all areas of the home, remove any items on the floor like throw rugs that are not firmly fastened down. If your loved one needs to use a wheelchair, consider lowering the height of clothes hanging bars so clothing can easily be reached. Installing D-loop handles on the closet door and chest drawers makes them easier to open with a fist. Make sure your loved one can reach a light from the bed.
Control Water Temperatures
If the stroke has left your loved one with vision impairments, make sure to install highly contrasting water knobs so he or she can easily tell the hot water from the cold. Installing long handles on the knobs makes them easier to use with just a fist. Make sure the hot and cold labels can be easily seen.
For additional tips to help your loved one remain safe and comfortable while recovering from a stroke, turn to Home Care Assistance. We provide expertly trained caregivers who can assist with mobility, prepare nutritious meals, and help with tasks like bathing and grooming. To learn more about the home care El Dorado seniors can rely on, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (916) 358-3801 to schedule a free in-home consultation.