Well-Being Home Care of New Jersey Makes Post-Stroke Life Easier

Surviving and recovering from a stroke is a physically and emotionally challenging process, and the only thing you want to do is return home to your everyday life. However, because more than 2/3 of survivors typically have some type of disability, according to the National Stroke Association, in-home safety modifications may need to be made to make post-stroke life easier and safer.

The good news is that there are some simple steps that can make the home safer and more accessible for a person who is recovering from a stroke. Below are a few post-stroke home modification tips from Well-Being Home Care:

Preventing Falls:

Approximately 40% of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes. These simple tips can help prevent trips and falls in the home:

  • Make sure halls and pathways to the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are clear so the person can move easily
  • Consider stair glides or platform lifts for any steps in the home
  • Remove or secure loose rugs
  • Install grab bars in the shower or bathtub
  • Install a tub bench or shower chair
  • Use non-slip mats inside and outside the tub

Make Laundry Day Easier:

Doing laundry requires a great deal of reaching, lifting, ducking and pulling that may be hard for a stroke survivor. The following changes 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

Create a Safer Bedroom:

The bedroom should be a place of sanctuary and safety. To make sure it stays that way post-stroke, consider 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

With our in-home safety assessments and recommendations, Well-Being Home Care of New Jersey can help ensure that your loved one’s home is safe and secure for stroke recovery. Our compassionate caregivers can also provide the care and assistance he or she may need to improve recovery and make life easier. Contact us today to learn more about our New Jersey home care services.