Elder Care in Chandler AZ: Home Safety Tips for a Loved One Recovering from a Stroke

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Home Safety Tips for a Loved One Recovering from a Stroke



Elder Care in Chandler AZ

Elder Care in Chandler AZIf your loved one has had a stroke, you're probably concerned about how to make sure that she's safe at home. Following some of these tips can help you to feel more secure about your loved one's safety.

Clear Away Clutter Wherever Possible

It's essential that your loved one has a clear path of travel throughout her home. The main important rooms are of course her bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen, but it's a good idea to remove as much clutter from all of the major areas of the house if you can. If your loved one is a collector, try not to throw these items out until she has a chance to go through them with you because that can cause her distress that can slow down her recovery.

Check All Carpets and Rugs

Rugs and carpets that are loose or that have tears in them can create a tripping hazard for your loved one. Either tack them down or remove them if you can. This can reduce the risk that your loved one trips or that she catches an assistive device, such as a walker or a cane, on the damaged or loose area.

Install Grab Bars Wherever Possible

Grab bars are incredibly helpful for your elderly loved one if she should lose her balance or feel that she's too weak to continue walking. You can install them anywhere that there is available wall space. You should also install them in the bathroom. Use wall anchors and attach the grab bars to the studs behind the walls.

Check Your Loved One's Footwear

Having sturdy, secure footwear can help your loved one to avoid falling, too. Her shoes should have flat, nonskid soles and they should fit her well. Your loved one may prefer laces or Velcro lacing and either should work well as long as the shoes are secure once on your loved one's feet.

Make Sure Your Loved One Uses Assistive Devices

Some elderly loved ones don't like using assistive devices at home because they can be bulky and they're not always easy to get used to. The problem is that the alternative, using furniture or the wall for support, is not as secure as using prescribed assistive devices properly.

Your loved one's elder care providers can help you to spot potential safety issues if you're not sure what else to adjust.

Source
http://www.stroke.org/

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Chandler, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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