SAFETY AND MOBILITY
We will end the month addressing some safety and mobility issues with stroke survivors. You may need to make modifications that require professional installation, especially if your loved one is in a wheelchair.
*Entry ways and hallways should have a 32 inch clearance to accommodate people in wheelchairs. An uneven threshold should be fixed or changed to prevent tripping and allow easier wheelchair access. A portable ramp is often an affordable solution.
*Stroke survivors who are unable to grasp with their fingers or twist their wrists to open doors can use a downward movement of their fist top open lever door handles more easily than regular doorknobs.
*To allow for movement in a wheelchair, furniture may need to be moved and thick rugs may need to be replaced. Throw rugs should be removed unless they are secured sufficiently to the floor with non-skid tape.
*Stroke survivors who are ambulatory can benefit by wearing non-skid shoes to prevent slipping. Handrails should be installed on all stairs to provide support.
*A stair glide or stair lift is a way to transport a person up or down stairs while the person is seated. It may be expensive to install. Another option is a platform lift which is similar to a small elevator.
*Pathways should be clear of clutter and electrical cords.
*Phones should be easily accessible in every room of the house. Cordless phones or a wearable call button may be necessary. Emergency phone numbers should be posted in a highly visible area. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and check them regularly. Have a well-thought-out and posted fire escape plan.
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