After your loved one's stroke, they may experience conditions that make it difficult for them to navigate their home and resume their daily activities. Some problems that they might face include:
- Paralysis or difficulty maintaining their balance
- Inability to control their movements
- Pain or tingling in the body
When possible, a stroke survivor should complete their rehabilitation at home, rather than in the hospital or an assisted living facility. To aid your loved one with their recovery, make a few additions to their living space so that they can regain their independence and remaster the activities of daily living. Here are a few items you can add to the bathroom and bedroom that don't require permanent alterations to the home's structure.
If your loved one has ample mobility, they can resume using their normal restroom as long as it's on the same floor as their living quarters.
Your loved one may use a wheelchair or walker to help them get around; should these prove too wide for your bathroom's existing door frame, consider replacing the existing hinges with offset hinges. Offset hinges allow a door to open without decreasing the width of the doorframe.
Some stroke survivors find it cumbersome to use the toilet due to the low height. You can raise the height with a toilet seat riser. The riser attaches to your toilet and decreases the amount of space that your loved one must lower themselves.
Another useful addition to the bathroom is a grab bar or toilet safety rails. These additions will give your loved one extra stability when walking to the toilet or lowering themselves down.
If your loved one struggles with incontinence after their stroke, they may wish to wear incontinence briefs to minimize cleanup if they are unable to make it to the toilet in time. Keep a bedpan in your loved one's bedroom in case they aren't up to traveling to the commode.
Many stroke survivors find it difficult to stand for extended periods of time, especially in a wet environment. Make your loved one's showers as easy as possible by adding a shower seat to the shower. To make it less tiresome for your loved one to get into the shower, fit the bathtub with a transfer seat, which is a valuable addition if the shower is attached to a tub with raised sides.
Help your loved one open and close their bedroom and closet doors by replacing the doorknobs with a lever handle. A lever handle is easier for stroke survivors to manipulate.
Some beds are tricky for stroke survivors to get in and out of. Someone may also have difficulties repositioning themselves once they get into bed. Consider replacing their existing bed with a hospital bed.
Not only can you lower a hospital bed closer to the ground, but you can also easily adjust the positioning of the bed. If your loved one wants to sit up or raise their legs, they can do so with the push of a button.
If you hope that your loved one will need a hospital bed for only a short time, you can always rent a bed instead of purchasing one. This can make it more affordable to adjust your loved one's home to their unique needs.
Have the following implements on hand to help your loved one to resume dressing themselves:
- Zipper pull
- Shoe aide
- Leg lifter
- Dressing stick
- Button aide
All these items extend your love one's mobility capabilities and make it easier for them to put on clothing pieces that require fine motor skills (like buttoning buttons or pulling zippers).
Need help making your loved one's home a safe space for recovery? Contact All Florida Medical Supplies.