A health episode such as a stroke often meant that a senior had to leave his or her home for a facility. While the severity of many issues still require the assistance of a rehab facility, many seniors – under the supervision of their doctors and with the assistance of a home helper – do well at home.
Q. I’m a 79-year-old widower, and I recently had a mild stroke. My doctors say I will regain much of my abilities with rehabilitation. But my children really want me to leave my home and move to a facility. Is there anything I can do to help me stay at home and put their minds at ease?
No doubt, your family is very concerned about you and your safety. But we understand how important it is for you to be at home. And you’re not alone. When asked, surveys typically reveal that about 90 percent of seniors say they plan to age in the comfort of their homes.
Tell your children you are willing to get assistance to be able to remain at home. Contact your local hospital or Area Agency on Aging to find out what types of services are available in your area. Or call your local Home Instead Senior Care® office.
Home Instead CAREGiversSM can assist you at home for as long as you need help while you rehabilitate by providing a variety of non-medical tasks including companionship, meal preparation and light housekeeping.
When you decide on the type of help that best fits your needs, ask a professional or your family members to go through your home to determine ways that you can make your environment safer while you rehabilitate.
Eliminate all clutter, which can help prevent falls. Remove throw rugs as well, since they can create a tripping hazard. Make sure all rooms have adequate lighting and add night lights where needed. Equip your bathroom with raised stools or grab bars to help prevent accidents and slips.
Make sure beds, sofas and chairs are low enough so you can easily get up and down. Add guardrails to beds, if necessary. Use only solid chairs with sturdy armrests. Remove unstable or lightweight chairs that can tip or move.
The changes you make will depend on the type of physical limitations you have and how severe they are. Acquiring the necessary assistance and safety-proofing your home will put both you and your family’s minds at ease while you recover from your stroke.