Returning Home

1. MAKE ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOSPITAL. Don’t forget to ask your doctor before leaving, to arrange a home visit by an occupational therapist (OT), who is trained to help you manage daily activities and regain your independence. This person will check your home and may suggest simple changes to make everyday living easier, and they also will arrange for changes to be finished before you return home.

2. ACCOMMODATE YOUR HOUSE TO YOUR RECOVERY. Forty percent of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes. That’s why the OT will suggest you to move extra furniture out of the way either to corners or another room, to move electrical cords out of pathway, to remove loose carpets and runners in hallways and stairwells or to fasten them with non-skid tape to improve traction. Low pile carpeting is better than a thick one because it makes wheelchair or walker movement easier. Try stair glides, stair lifts and platform lifts if you need to use the stairs many times during the day. Continue reading