After a stroke, the road to recovery can sometimes be lengthy and complicated. However, having access to recovery aids at home can be highly beneficial. Not only do these aids help your loved one remain somewhat independent, but they can also help eliminate caregiver fatigue on your part. If you have a loved one who will be returning home soon, make certain your home is equipped with the right equipment.
It's important to equip the bathroom with any necessary mobility aids to ensure your loved one can maintain a certain level of independence, which is important to recovery. If mobility is a concern, install a grab bar along the shower wall to assist with the processes of entering and exiting the area.
If size permits, you may also want to invest in a shower seat. A knob assister can also help in make turning on the faucets easier. Long-handled sponges, dressing sticks, bathing mitts, and long shoehorns can also be of assistance in this area.
It might also be a good idea to consider renting a hospital grade bed in the early stages of recovery. In addition to mobility concerns, such as being unable to travel to an upstairs bedroom, hospital grade beds can assist with feeding.
If your loved one is unable to get out of the bed to eat, the bed can be raised so that they are in an upright position, which will help eliminate any swallowing difficulties. Since these beds are generally equipped with wheels, they can be placed in any convenient location and moved around your home as necessary to accommodate your needs.
Typically, recovery therapy can take place both in and out of the home. If you are the primary caregiver, it will be your responsibility to transport your loved one as necessary. If they are having significant mobility problems, it can be a taxing process to get them to and from the car and to their appointments and any other places.
Consider renting a scooter or wheelchair to aid in this process to take the physical burden off you and make getting around easier for your loved one. If space is limited inside your home, you can even use a rolling walker to help them get around inside.
The more equipped your home, the easier it will be for you to aid your loved one and the easier their road to recovery. Make sure your home is ready for their arrival.