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It's not hard to make a living room safe from falls and/or seizures after
a stroke. You just need to look around. Go from corner to corner and
check for safety issues.
Starting with the floor...if it is tile or hardwood, make sure there are no
throw rugs that can be tripped over, causing the stroke survivor to fall.
You also, want to remove any that are on top of wall-to-wall rug for
the same reason.
Position the furniture, so it is at the outer edges of the room...not in the
center. If a seizure occurs, it leaves a larger area for spasms to occur,
with hopefully less injury. Though, the furniture is around the edges of
the room...the room may be small, and therefore the center would not
have this so called bare area. Either way, if the furniture is made of any
exposed wood, cover it with some sort of padding. You can always get
rug remnants from a carpet store. Also, check out some sporting goods
stores for exercise padding or floor mats, cut to fit.
You want to take into consideration where the electrical outlets are located
for a number of reasons. You don't want wires going across any floor area
that can trip the stroke survivor. At the same time they need to be in an
easy accessible area, so the stroke survivor does not have to reach and
therefore, possibly lose his balance and fall.
Glass top tables, such as coffee and end tables are dangerous, if a seizure
takes place. Make sure these are out of the way. If the room is small,
where they cannot be moved along a wall...away from the center of the
room, I would suggest to replace them with a safer material. If one should
fall on a glass table while having a seizure, that table may break...and with
the thrusting that takes place, it could cause serious injuries and/or death.
A seizure may not take place in the center of the room either. You may
want to take that into consideration, and get rid of the glass furniture all
Make sure items are in an easy accessable area. You don't want the stroke
survivor to have to reach high up to get a book off the shelf. Make sure the
tv remote is within easy reach. You may want to get a chair with a lift in it,
for easy in and out.
Wooden furniture can cause serious problems also, if fallen on. Let's face it,
if a stroke survivor falls or has a seizure, it really doesn't matter where they
are. They can get hurt anywhere. The best thing to do, is to get checked
out at the emergency room. Let them do the testing. You want to make
sure there is no internal bleeding, broken bones or head injuries. Better to
be safe, then sorry!
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