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How to Provide Home Care for an Elderly Stroke Survivor

If your senior loved one has experienced a stroke, he or she will need support and assistance during recovery. When providing Summit stroke care, there are a few simple things you can do to make the home safer for your loved one and help him or her remain positive. The staff at Home Care Assistance shares a few tips to help you keep your loved one safe and comfortable at home following a stroke.

Keep the Floors Clear and Dry

Removing all detached rugs and mats from the home can reduce your loved one’s risk of falling and becoming seriously injured. If your loved one uses a wheelchair, thick rugs may prevent him or her from moving comfortably through the home. If you decide to keep rugs in the home, make sure they are secured to the floor with nonskid tape. All floors should be kept dry because slick surfaces can increase your loved one’s risk of falling. Consider purchasing nonskid shoes for your loved one to help prevent him or her from slipping.

Remove Clutter and Rearrange the Furniture 

While recovering from a stroke, your loved one needs to be able to move throughout the home without having to maneuver around obstacles. Hallways should be free of clutter and unnecessary objects, and it is also a good idea to position furniture against walls or in the corners of rooms. Also, apply foam padding to sharp edges and corners of furniture to help prevent additional injuries if your loved one does happen to fall.

Make Doors Easier to Open

Grasping and twisting doorknobs may not be easy for your loved one to manage following a stroke, which is why you should consider switching out the knobs with lever door handles. These handles only require using a downward movement, allowing your loved one to open doors with less effort. To make passage through doorways easier, you can install swing away hinges, pocket doors, and folding doors. For more clearance and space, you may want to consider removing some of the doors within the home.

Encourage Participation in Daily Activities 

It is important for your loved one to relax during stroke recovery, but you also want to keep his or her spirits up, and engaging in mild activities around the home might help. Even if your loved one uses a wheelchair, he or she may want to help out in some way. Lack of independence can lead to depression, increasing the risk of a second stroke. You or a Summit, NJ, home caregiver can encourage your loved one to help with tasks requiring minimal effort, such as tidying up small areas of the home that he or she can clean while sitting and using long-handled dusters, brushes, and sponges. If you have a front-loading washing machine, encourage your loved one to help with the laundry.

Make sure your loved one has the support he or she needs for a successful stroke recovery by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with mobility, provide transportation to medical appointments, and help with a wide array of tasks around the house. For more information on the home care Summit families trust, call one of our qualified Care Managers today at 908.450.9400.