For the safety of a stroke victim, caregivers must have a plan in place to make the patient’s home safe once he or she is released from the hospital. Adaptations required for the home will largely depend on how much the stroke victim was physically and mentally affected by the stroke. To prevent further injury, it is crucial for caregivers to work alongside the patient’s doctors to create a safe environment.
Patients may have several issues following a stroke. Long-term effects of a stroke could include:
- Paralysis on one side of the baby
- Muscle weakness
- Balance issues
- Problems with coordination
- Memory loss
- Bowel and bladder control difficulties
Any of these issues will shape what type of strategies you have to employ as a way to make the home safer. Request a home consultation with an occupational therapist as well for assistance in determining the appropriate home modifications.
Take stock of your home by going room to room. Note any potential hazards for the stroke victim such as large amounts of clutter or poorly placed furniture that obstruct walkways. If any of the furniture pieces have sharp edges, use foam bumpers to cover them to prevent head injuries. Always look around the floor for tripping hazards like electrical cords. Area rugs can prove problematic, so it’s a good idea to remove them or secure them to the floor with non-skid tape.
Assistive devices are also useful for stroke patients. For instance, he or she may have difficulty turning doorknobs and may find lever handles easier to manage. Stair railings or even stair lifts may be required for homes with multi-levels. The National Stroke Association recommends raised toilet seats, tub benches, and handled shower heads for the bathroom. If the stroke patient is in a wheelchair, you may need to measure for clearance between rooms. The Stroke Center recommends a clearance of 32-inches to accommodate stroke victims.
One of the most important adjustments you can make to your home for a stroke patient is to install home security products. A home monitoring system permits you to keep an eye on the patient 24/7. For instance, door sensors can be used to alert you if the patient leaves the room or the home. If the patient is a fall risk, this can be a life-saving device. Home security cameras are also an essential part of providing a safe environment for a stroke patient. A home security camera with wireless capabilities allow caregivers to check up on the patient anytime, day or night, from a computer or smartphone. Live video surveillance equipment has essential features for monitoring patients such as two-way audio, night vision, and crystal-clear high-definition video displays.
Protect America is here to help make your home safe for stroke patients. Our home monitoring systems, including door sensors, window sensors, and security cameras, are an essential part of protecting your loved one from further injury.
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