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How to alter your home after a stroke

Published On: Apr 18 2013 01:05:00 PM CDT   Updated On: May 20 2013 08:51:50 AM CDT
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Following a stroke a person may need to alter his or her home to better fit their needs. Strokes can have lasting effects on people, including leaving them partially paralyzed, with impaired vision and with trouble speaking, which can make certain tasks around the house difficult and possibly even unsafe.

According to the National Stroke Association some home alterations that occupational therapists might recommend include:

-          Making changes to your home to accommodate a wheel chair, if needed.

-          Move furniture to make it easier to get around with a wheel chair, cane or walker, if needed.

-          Adjust the lighting so it’s well lit to avoid potential falls.

-          Move electrical cords out of walking paths so you don’t trip.

-          Remove loose carpets and runners, or apply non-skid tape to increase traction.

-          If in a wheel chair, invest in carpet that’s easy for the chair to move over.

-          Get safety bars to place in the bathtub and shower to assist with getting in and out.

-          Put non-slip strips in the bathtub and shower.

-          Put handrails on both sides of the stairs for stability.

-          Install a taller toilet to assist with getting up and down.

-          Install a safety bar near the toilet.

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