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Discuss it with your doctor. Housing after stroke and living in your own home
after a stroke, upon being discharged from the hospital. A number of stroke
survivors are able to live in their own homes after a stroke. They have had
enough re-hab in the hospital and are able to do daily tasks. Some stroke
survivors can go home after their stroke and need no extra help.
On the other hand, there are those survivors that are able to live in their own
homes after stroke, but they need supervision. In this case, hopefully there is
a family member that is willing and able to assist in this. If this is not possible,
then you may need to bring in some outside assistance. Again, discuss this
with your doctor so you know what type of assistance you need. For example,
if you are able to do everything on your own, but you have a memory problem,
then you might need someone to make sure you take your medicine.
Living at home after stroke means you need to take extra safety measures. You
may have to install some grab bars, if you have a balance problem. You would
also want to eliminate any throw rugs on the floor, so you don't trip on them.
Moving around the house in safety mode after stroke, means moving the furniture
in a way that is not harmful, if you should fall.
Entering and exiting the home should be comfortable, as well as safe. If you are
having a problem with walking (maybe you use a cane, walker, or wheelchair) then
you should have ramps installed. If your vision has been affected by the stroke
and your eyes are sensitive to light, then use smaller wattage light bulbs. Make
sure you where sunglasses when you go outside. If you are unable to drive, then
you need to set up transportation to/from doctors and maybe, the grocery store.
Living in your own home after stroke, whether you have family members there or
not, can tend to be lonely which can lead to depression, if you aren't already
depressed. People tend to be nervous around disabled beings. They don't know
what to do or what to say, so the easiest thing for them is to stay away. It
is a sad thing, but it's real. it is, what it is! Even out in public, people tend
to stay away from you for the same reasons. They don't know how to re-act.
It's the way humanity is, so you can't blame them. However, do not let it keep
you from going out and doing things that you want to do. A great way to
help yourself and others . . . join a support group. If there aren't any near you,
then start your own.
Remember, this is your life. You must be the one that makes the decisions to do
whatever! Living at home has a certain comfort about it that no other place has.
If you need some type of therapy and you can't go out to it, then check on
bringing it into your home. Again, talk it over with your doctor.
Make your home safe after stroke. Make it comfortable and enjoy being there!
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