|SAFETY, SEIZURES, & FALLS AFTER STROKE|
Safety in your housing facilities after a stroke are a must. In
nursing homes, rest homes, & group homes there are usually state
guidelines that need to be followed. But in a private home, you
need to stroke after certain safety measures.
An occupational therapist can come to your house and
make suggestions. You can also contact a state housing
agency to see if the survivor qualifies for adjustments to the
home for safety accommodations. The owner of the home may
have to give permission for permanent changes. Some changes
to the home could include bathroom safety, wheelchair entrances,
and grab bars. I'm sure there are different qualifications for all
states, so be sure to check with yours to find out what the
survivor qualifies for.
Seizures are possible after a stroke. As a family caregiver,
the first time you experience one will be devastating. All sorts
of things will go through your mind, as it is happening. Maybe
you walk in the room after it happens and find your loved one
slumped over a night stand or coffee table...maybe on the floor.
The first thought is, are they alive? Call 911 immediately...
Falls after stroke are usually, just a matter of time.
Sometimes they will tell you they fell and other times they won't.
You find the black and blue marks from the fall and ask them
about it. The embarrassment is what usually keeps them from
telling you...or...they don't want you to worry.
If they are on a blood thinner like coumadin or warfarin to
regulate the thickness of their blood, it's important to have them
checked out at the hospital. If the blood is too thin, you can bleed
to death. If it is too thick you can get a blood clot. Some blood
clots can grow to a number of feet long. Either way, it could
cause another stroke.
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