Stroke is one of the leading causes of disabilities in the United States and it affects people differently based on which cranial area was damaged. Whether it’s impaired locomotion, memory or bodily functions, the aftermath of a stroke is challenging for the patient and those caring for them. There are certain factors that could negatively affect the successful recovery of a stroke, one of them being a home that isn’t fit for the patient’s needs. At Scioto Properties, we strive to modify and build homes with universal design principals making them accessible for the people living with a disability as well as their caregivers. The following are things to consider when adapting a home for a person who has had a stroke.
An environment that promotes motivation and support is key to a successful recovery of a stroke. In addition, the right caregiver can help prevent depression, a common symptom among stroke survivors, from obstructing recovery.
When day-to-day functions are limited due to a stroke, modifications inside the home become necessary to promote the safety, comfort and independence of the patient. Since strokes affect everyone in a unique way, the type of home modifications needed vary from patient to patient.
Here are some ways in which a home can be adapted:
- Kitchen: Ensure there is enough space for knee and toe clearance for anyone with a wheelchair and that the floors are non-skid
- Bathroom: Install doorways that are at least 32 inches wide and grab bars near the toilet and tub to accommodate people using wheelchairs
- Stairways: Ensure handrails extend beyond the top and bottom of the stairway and keep them well lit
- Living Room and Bedrooms: Arrange furniture so that there is ample space for walking and make sure that all flooring is even and all carpet is secure to the floor
For more ways on how to make a home accessible after a stroke, click here.
As leaders in disability housing in the United States, modifying and building homes using Universal Design is very important to us. We can provide housing solutions to fit the needs of people with disabilities and to assist those who care for them. For more information, please call (614) 889-5191 or click here.