AFTER A STROKE...S A F E T Y...
IS A CONSTANT THOUGHT!
Safety after a stroke can cover many issues . . . from eating to
bathing . . . walking to cleaning . . . dressing to hygiene. Not
only do the safety measures you take cover safety after stroke,
but an added benefit helps give the stroke victim a sense of
security. Help shelter them from harm...protect them. Here is
a list of safety measures I have found to be helpful. I'll be
writing an e-book on safety after stroke. I'll let you know,
when it becomes available.
Eating: Make sure the food is in bite size pieces. At times, stroke
victims may have a problem swallowing. Have them chew
their food well! Pay attention to this . . .
If paralyzed on one side, with the ability to use only one
hand, a microwave does wonders. It is much safer then
the stove or oven.
Wipe up any spills or spatters immediately, especially when
there is an unsteady walking problem.
Walking: With a problem of walking, which many stroke victims have...
don't use throw rugs in any room. They can get caught on
them and fall. Check out the wall-to-wall carpeting. It can
become rippled over time, especially if it was not installed
correctly. It can cause anyone to trip.
Feeling unsteady with a cane or a brace when walking, can
sometimes cause you to lose balance and fall. (It also can
discourage the walking) Have grab bars installed in areas
where this insecurity dwells. Maybe at the entry doorway,
because of a step up, into the home.
Place furniture in such a way, that the unstable stroke
survivor can help balance themselves as them move
throughout the home.
Dressing Have large fitting tops/t-shirts that slip over the head. The
stroke victim won't have to strain as much, if putting them
on with only one hand. We don't need any pulled muscles!
Bathing Use a shower chair or bench. It's a much safer way to shower
for the stroke victim. The bench type is also safer for getting
dressed. Install a handheld shower unit for them.
Grab bars are a definite in the bathroom and shower area. You
can't have too many there!
Personal Instead of a handheld razor . . . use an electric razor.
Instead of using scissors to trim hair...invest in an electric
hair trimmer. Let them become as independent as
possible in a safe way.
Instead of struggling to wash their hair in the shower, buy
individual...exposable hair washes. You can get them at a
home medical supply store.
Cleaning Use antiseptic hand gel on a regular basis...in the house and
out of the house. Stay safe from germs . . .
Get in a good habit of wiping down doorknobs, telephones, and
handles of all sorts, with an antibacterial solution.
Use medicated wipes in the bathroom. They sell ones with
aloe . . . they sell flushable ones!
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