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Home Adjustments After a Stroke

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​​What can be done to make a home safer? How can the home be set up to help recovery? 

​Patients often leave the hospital with physical disabilities resulting from their stroke. This makes returning home difficult as previously simple tasks can now become daunting and frustrating. 

There are a number of ways to adjust your home after you’ve had a stroke. Some are quite simple. If a stroke affects how you function, applying these tips can help you still feel at home. 

Below are some tips to help make the transition back into your home a little easier.

Tips by Household R​ooms:​​ 

​​​Hallways:

  • Get rid of clutter and keep electrical cords clear of walking areas.
  • Add handrails or grab bars on walls to help you get around.
  • Fasten rugs down with double-sided tape. 
  • Remove floor coverings with edges that can catch people's feet and cause tripping. 
  • Add extra lighting to make it easier to see when getting around.

Living Roo​​​​m:

  • Get a large phone that's easier to read - program speed-dial if possible. 
  • Invest in back supports and cushions to ensure that your ​chairs provide proper support.

Bedroo​​​​m: 

  • ​Raise a low bed with risers.
  • Lower a tall bed by removing casters or choosing a thinner mattress or box springs.
  • Keep a flashlight by your bed in case you need to get up at night.

Kitchen: 

  • Use a non-slip pad or damp cloth under a dinner plate to prevent sliding.
  • Use a cup with a straw and lid to prevent spills.
  • Invest in a kettle with an automatic off-switch so you can take your time getting to the kettle.
  • Re-arrange cupboards so the dishes you use most frequently are the most accessible. 
  • Large handled utensils and cooking tools are easier to grasp and use.

Bathrooms:

  • Use a non-slip bathmat in the tub and shower.
  • Use colored​ tape to mark the temperature you prefer so it's always the same.
  • Soap bottles versus bars can be easier to use.
  • Suction pads can be added to items to keep them in place on counter tops for anyone who only uses one hand.
  • An electric toothbrush and electric shaver can be easier to use versus manual ones.
  • A raised toilet-seat cover can make getting up and down easier. 

Miscellaneous:

  • Use sewing elastic instead of shoelaces to create slip on shoes. 


If you have tips of your own that you’d like to share with other survivors, please contact us.

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