Best Tips for Adapting Your Home After a Stroke
Having a stroke is a life-changing event in many ways. Even if yours was minor, you’ll likely have some lingering disability when you leave the hospital. The best way to meet this challenge is to make sure things are set up at home to help you safely ease back into your everyday life.
You can expect to go home with new medications, rehabilitation plans and goals for keeping your risk factors, such as your cholesterol and blood pressure, in check. You’ll need a good support network, and your caregivers, family and friends can help right away by modifying your home for better safety and convenience.
Identifying areas of need
Before you go home, your healthcare team will help make sure you’re ready to manage things at home. They’ll review your social, psychological, medical and environmental situation, says neurologist Zeshaun Khawaja, MD.
There are several key questions the team will want to answer, he says.
Enviromental: Are there people who can assist you with daily activities? Do you have sufficient financial resources to support your continuing care (including medications, doctor’s visits and home modifications)?
Psychological: Are you coping well with the aftereffects of your stroke? Do you have signs of depression or anxiety that might keep you from participating in your treatment?
Medical: Are you stable enough to go home? Have your risk factors been identified and has a treatment plan been established?
Physical: Is therapy required? Are there any issues with mobility or self-care?
Is your home ready to meet your needs?