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6 Changes Elderly Should Make After a Stroke

By Home Care Assistance, 9:15 am on

If an elderly loved one has recently had a stroke, you may need to help them make some changes to their lifestyle and home. Home Care Assistance of Grand Rapids suggests helping your senior loved one make the following six changes after a stroke.

1. Clearing Household Walkways
Following a stroke mobility can be an issue, and one significant change that will need to be made post-stroke is clearing the walkways at home. By keeping walkways in the home clear from objects like shoes, benches, or rugs it will be easier for your loved one to navigate the home. If you prefer to leave rugs out (they can help provide traction on slippery flooring), tape all sides down to create a seamless transition between the floor and rug.

2. Installing Brighter Lighting
Your senior loved one is at greater risk of falling following a stroke and his or her eyesight may have been compromised. Brighter lights will help ensure your elderly relative has an easier time seeing tripping hazards and getting around the home.

3. Hiring Help
It is important to your loved one’s recovery that he or she has help at home following a stroke. It’s possible your loved one will need help getting up from furniture, including the bed or a chair, and could need help bathing, cooking, eating, or keeping up on light housework. Find in-home stroke care in Grand Rapids and ensure your loved one is getting the help he or she needs.

4. Getting Exercise
Following a stroke, physical and occupational therapy will be critical to recovery. It is very important that your senior loved one continue these exercises once they return home following a stroke, especially if they are still involved in outpatient physical therapy.

5. Eating a Healthier Diet
Though you may not know the exact cause of a stroke, it can be caused by conditions related to a poor diet like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Seniors who have had one stroke are at greater risk for a second, so it’s extremely important to consult your loved one’s physician about a healthier diet.

6. Cutting Back on Drinks
Heavy drinking increases stroke risk and can also raise blood pressure. Help your loved one lower their risk of having a second stroke by limiting the number of alcoholic beverages consumed each week. It’s unnecessary to go cold turkey, light to moderate drinking (1-2 drinks daily) can actually help reduce stroke risk.

 

Get your loved one the help they need post-stroke by finding a qualified hourly or live-in caregiver in Grand Rapids through Grand Rapids Home Care Assistance. We are available to you 24/7, promote ongoing caregiver training, and never require you to sign a long-term contract. Speak with a trusted Care Manager by calling (616) 243-0835 to learn more about our stroke care services.