After a senior experiences a stroke, there is a long road to recovery ahead, and one of the steps family caregivers need to take is ensuring their elderly loved ones have as safe a living environment as possible. Caledon stroke home care experts have a few suggestions for helping your loved one remain safe while recovering from a stroke.
Consolidate the Living Space to One Floor
A senior recovering from a stroke can have difficulty with strength, balance, and coordination, causing him or her to be less stable and more accident-prone. To help prevent dangerous falls, consolidate your loved one’s living space to a single floor, ideally the ground floor of the home.
Keep Special Equipment Easily Accessible
If there is any special equipment your loved one needs during recovery, be it a cane, walker, orthotic device, wheelchair, or any aids for breathing, dressing, or eating, keep these items close at hand and within easy reach for your loved one at all times. This way your loved one won’t have to risk injury when trying to retrieve an important item.
If your loved one is a smoker, prevent him or her from smoking during recovery. Beyond the general health hazards of smoking, stroke survivors are more likely to have additional strokes if they smoke.
Educate Other Residents About Stroke Symptoms
Teach everyone who will be sharing space with your loved one about the symptoms of a stroke so they know what to look for in case of recurrence. Possible symptoms include sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, weakness, numbness, confusion, intense headaches, and difficulty speaking, comprehending, seeing, and walking. Post a list of these symptoms where everyone can see them, with instructions to call 911 should any symptoms occur.
Limit Social Interactions
Part of keeping a stroke survivor safe during recovery is preventing him or her from becoming agitated or anxious. You can do this by limiting your loved one’s social interactions to one person at a time, as too many people at once may cause confusion. Also, speak slowly and calmly and use simple words so your loved one has the best chance of understanding you with the least amount of effort or potential frustration.
One of the easiest ways to increase your loved one’s safety during stroke recovery is by hiring an in-home caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, all of our caregivers are trained in stroke care and can assist with exercise, bathing, cooking, and much more. For more information on the senior care Caledon families trust and rely on, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 905-951-8885 today.