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Safety Tips for Caregivers to Prevent Accidents at Home after Stroke

05/15/2014

Coping with the effects of a stroke can be overwhelming for everyone involved. Many stroke survivors, and their loved ones, are faced with the reality that they must change the way they live to accommodate skills lost as a result of the illness.

"Changes in judgment, emotions, vision, and perception are common occurrences after a stroke," explains Angela Barody, RN, Vice President of Barnabas Health Home Care, which offers a comprehensive Stroke Recovery Program designed to maximize patient confidence and independence. "Patients may also experience decreased attention span, depression, memory problems and or communication deficits."

Barnabas Health's Home Care Agencies offer caregivers the following home safety tips to assist loved one's in avoiding preventable accidents after a stroke.

  • Remove throw rugs and/or tack down carpet edges
  • Avoid highly polished floors
  • Keep hallways and walkways free of wires and clutter
  • Use nightlights
  • Investigate home care options with your loved one's physician
  • Illuminate the top and bottom of staircases
  • Extend handrails to the full length of stairs
  • Wear non-slip shoes or slippers at all times
  • List emergency numbers near the telephone
  • Maintain smoke detectors
  • Notify the local Fire and Police Departments of your own or a loved one's disability
  • Consider an emergency response device
  • Keep the telephone within reach

Barnabas Health's Home Care Stroke Recovery Program features individualized rehabilitation, strength and endurance building, and a focus on regaining and/or improving a patient's communication skills – all in the place where a patient is most comfortable…in their own home.

For more information about the Barnabas Home Care Stroke Recovery Program, please call 973-243-9666 (northern NJ) or 732-818-6800 (Ocean County) at 732-818-6800 or visit www.homehealthnj.com.

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