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Important Dos and Don’ts of In-Home Stroke Care

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

If you have a senior who requires post-stroke Lincoln, NE, then you may find yourself suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver. Strokes often leave emotional and physical changes that may get better over time or may be permanent. If you find yourself in this role, then consider these do’s and don’ts.

Cope with Emotional Changes

Changes in the brain after strokes often causes seniors to exhibit a new personality. Remember that these changes are caused by the stroke. The senior has no control over these changes. Therefore, make sure that you give yourself breaks to do something that you enjoy. Caregivers in Lincoln, NE, will need them to cope with the changes. 

Consider the Outside of Your Home

Take a look at the outside of your home. You may need to build a ramp that enables your senior loved one to get in and out of the home easily. Ramps should rise no more than one inch for every 12 inches of ramp length. If the senior is still able to walk, make sure that there are strong handrails on their good side by any stairs. 

Control Water Temperatures

Many seniors may have trouble controlling water faucets. Start by making sure that they have a place where they can easily wash their hands. Go to the hot water heater and adjust the temperature there to make sure that the senior cannot scald themselves. Consider installing color-coded knobs or water knobs with large handles.

Change the Bedroom

Changes may need to be made in the bedroom. If the senior will need help getting in bed, then consider the height of the bed. Raising or lowering the bed height so that it almost leaves the senior standing up usually makes it easier to assist the senior getting into bed. If the senior has trouble with his or her hands, then consider storing clothes in drawers with large handles. 

If you find that you are having trouble looking after your senior loved one, then make sure to take time to take care of yourself. Turn to Home Care Assistance today to learn about our comprehensive Lincoln, NE, home care. Our highly trained caregivers help seniors recover quickly and efficiently from stroke in the comfort of home. Call (402) 261-5158 today to learn more about our unique services and how they benefit seniors and their families.