Home Safety after a stroke is a must. In nursing homes, rest
homes, & group homes there are usually state guidlines that
need to be followed. But in a private home, you need to focus
your attention on safety in the home after stroke.
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 accomodations.
The owner of the home may have to give permission for permanent changes. Some changes to the home could include bathroom safety, wheelchair entrances, grab bars, and chair lifts. 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 as far as safety after stroke is concerned.
Seizures are possible after a stroke. Some seizures after stroke occur within a day
or so and others may not occur until after you are discharged from the re-hab center.
As a family caregiver, the first time you experience one will be
devastating. All sorts of things will go through your mind, as it's
happening. Maybe you walk in the room after it happens and find
your loved one slumped over a night stand or coffee table . . . or
maybe they are 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 get 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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let me know. I would love to hear from you!
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