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Preparing Your Home After Stroke

When your loved one returns home to recover after stroke, you’ll both need time to adjust. You and your loved one will have to transfer the skills learned in rehab to a new location. Be patient with your loved one and with yourself. Planning ahead can help long-term recovery go more smoothly.

Planning for home care

After leaving the rehab center, most people need to practice their exercises a few times daily. Others still need ongoing therapy or nursing care. Talk with your social worker or case manager about ways of meeting your loved one’s needs. You should help get all needed equipment and training in moving and handling to position the patient safely in the home.

Setting up the bathroom

For your loved one’s safety, set up the bathroom with the features shown here.

Safety measures to take in the bathroom.

Setting up the home

A few minor changes can make home life easier and safer for your loved one. Try these tips:

  • Turn down the water heater temperature a bit to help prevent burns.

  • Make sure you have a cell phone, cordless, or speaker phone. Look into ways to notify family or emergency personnel in case you can't get to a phone. Program emergency numbers and those of family and friends.

  • Light halls and stairways. Keep all walkways free of clutter.

  • Remove any throw rugs. Tape down electrical cords.

  • Move furniture, if needed, to give more room to move around. 

  • Try to use a ground-floor bedroom if you live in a multilevel home.

Safety measures to take in your living area.

Online Medical Reviewer: Anne Fetterman RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Deepak Sudheendra MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2022
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