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Basic changes to make home safer

April 19, 2017

Here are some general guidelines for modifying your family member’s home after a stroke.

– Minimize clutter so it’s easier for him to move through each room and find what he needs.
– Position furniture in corners or against walls. To prevent bumps and bruises, you can apply foam padding to sharp corners and edges. You can find corner bumpers in the childproofing section of your local hardware store.
– Use duct tape to secure electrical cords against the walls or floors so they aren’t a tripping hazard. Never use staples or nails — these can damage cords, risking electric shock or fire.
– Make sure lighting is bright enough, especially over stairways or other potentially hazardous areas. Replace light bulbs regularly.
– Install the appropriate flooring. If the stroke survivor is in a wheelchair, you’ll need to replace thick or shag carpeting. If he uses a walker or has a hard time walking or balancing, low-pile carpeting might be better than slick hardwood, tile, or linoleum flooring.

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