Stroke survivors often experience problems with their walking, coordination, and balance, which can greatly impact their ability to live comfortably and safely in their homes. The clinical implications of a stroke can also increase a person’s risk of falling and getting injured post-attack. There are home modifications for stroke patients that an experienced disability contractor can make to improve the quality of life and keep one in a home safely.
Nevertheless, even with the various physical, cognitive, and emotional issues that stroke may cause, it’s still possible for survivors to live independently in their own home — if the right home modifications are implemented to encourage the patient’s recovery, enhance their safety at home, and generally offer them an improved lifestyle.
The goals of modifying a home after stroke should be:
In short, your goal should be living in their home more manageable for the stroke survivor.
Of course, this means that you’ll need an expert who’s well-versed with making home modifications for stroke survivors. They will be able to assess your loved one’s needs and make changes that best fit their specific situation.
For your part, you should look around, watch your loved one as they move around, and find ways in which you can increase their independence, safety, and overall comfort level.
You may see things that make it obvious you need a bathroom or kitchen remodel, but there are areas all around the home that need to be considered. The following are suggestions for some of the home modification you can make to help your loved one.
Stroke affects people differently. For some, it’s not always easy to adjust to life afterward. This is why it’s particularly important that the survivor returns home to an environment that not only supports continuing recovery but also increases their safety. To ensure your home is ideal for recovery, consider working with a Certified Aging in Place Specialist who can guide you through the process.
Live in Place Designs is a residential full-service contractor assisting with everything from installing wheelchair ramps and designing walk-in showers to a complete kitchen remodel, comprehensive home modifications, and new builds. We bring together Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) and care coordination solutions for individuals in the healthcare and long-term care industry.
The founder of Live in Place Designs LLC, Lori Bellport is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), a Senior Home Safety Specialist, and a Certified Senior Advisor. Lori and her team believe that, regardless of the limiting health conditions one may face, there is no need to lose contact with life, spontaneity, or the ability to self-renew and enjoy life.
Author: Lori Bellport