Tips on Alaska Senior Care Home Safety, After a Stroke
You can never be fully prepared for a stroke and the aftermath, but you can make a home safer and more comfortable for a person who is recovering. If a loved one will be returning from the hospital to his home or yours to recuperate, safety modifications may be necessary. Genacta Alaska In-Home Care is happy to help provide home safety tips and quality in-home care.
Together we will consider the following issues to determine the appropriate home modifications and care plan:
- Weakness, paralysis, or numbness on one side of the body.
- Problems with balance or coordination.
- Difficulty with memory or thinking.
- Bowel or bladder control problems.
Additionally, courtesy of the National Stroke Association, below are tips for making a house more accessible for a stroke victim.
Clear pathways to rooms and move electrical cords out of the way. Remove loose carpets and runners in hallways and stairwells. Encourage the use of non-skid shoes, avoid slick surfaces, and securely fasten handrails to walls for support on the stairs.
- Install a light switch near the bed or a nightlight for navigating to the bathroom in the dark. It may also be helpful to keep a commode near the bed or place disposable pads underneath the sheets.
- Adjust the kitchen table so it is the right height for a wheelchair or for a chair with arms that supports posture. Consider using special utensils designed to help with physically-impaired arms and hands at the table, such as flatware with built-up handles and rocker knives.
- Stock bathing supplies that are easily accessible and easy to use such as long-handled brushes, an electric toothbrush, squeeze bottles, soap pumps, soap-on-a-rope and a hand-held shower head to increase independence when bathing. Grab bars and/or a bench in the shower or tub and non-slip flooring strips installed inside and outside of the tub are excellent safety precautionary devices.
Dealing with care at home after a stroke and coping with the life changes it brings can be challenging. For more information on preparing for stroke care and our services, please visit our ever-expanding resource library. Or, call us at 907-644-7952 or complete our short contact form today to discover how our spectrum of home care in Anchorage and throughout Alaska can help.
Genacta provides Alaska’s Best In-Home Care provider for seniors and mentally or physically disabled individuals. Our list of services include Intellectual Development Disability, Care Coordination and Case Management, Dementia Care, Alzheimer Care, In-Home Health Care, Group Home Services, In-Home Supported Living, Residential Care, Respite Care and Supported Employment. We are conveniently located in Anchorage, Alaska; Wasilla Alaska and Soldotna Alaska.