The information was created by our in-house Occupational Therapist to help guide you through the process of what happens following a stroke. At times your home may require changes to be made to it, this can be a frightening prospect and often very upsetting. Therefore, please be reassured the changes to your home would only be recommended to help to increase your independence and safety at home.
Whilst you are still in hospital an Occupational Therapist may visit your home to examine it and make recommendations appropriate for your level of infirmity.
Here are a sample of possible changes:
– single level living: This would include your being set up on one level of the home. This would usually be the ground floor. You would usually qualify for this if you could not manage stairs. Long-term aids, such as stair lifts, stair climbers and through floor lifts could possibly be available. This varies in different areas. Sometimes, social services might provide, but in other areas you would probably have to purchase them privately.
– microenvironment set up: This would include being set up in a single room on discharge. This may occur if there will be difficulties accessing other areas of your home or if you are able to transfer from bed to chair but mobilising distances is still difficult. This set up may include putting the bed and chair in one room and if required a commode for toilet access.
The Occupational Therapist will recommend if any mobility or transfer equipment is needed such as a wheelchair, hoist, standing aid, frame. As part of the assessment, the Occupational Therapist will review the space required for this equipment and advise accordingly.
Post-stroke your posture may have been affected, this may mean it is very tiring and very difficult to sit upright in a ‘standard’ armchair for long periods. A rise and recliner or tilt style chair may be recommended to increase comfort and to support your posture.
An adjustable bed may also be required on discharge to assist with bed mobility, this will also be provided for discharge if required.
Once discharged from hospital your living situation may be temporary due to ongoing rehabilitation at home. However, if changes are required on a more permanent basis, referrals can be made to social services or the engagement of private companies to look at major adaptations (such as structural changes, level access bathrooms, permanent ramps and lifts which would make your home more suitable for your long-term needs.