Helping your loved one return to life at home after a stroke can be difficult. Adjusting to life after suffering from a stroke takes time, and your loved one will most likely need more assistance than before; even with simple tasks. You should work with your loved one’s doctor to establish a plan for their adjustment to their post-stroke condition. Depending on the severity of the stroke, your loved one may have a difficult path ahead of them.

Discharge Planning

Before your loved one is released from the hospital, it is good to come up with a plan for adjustment and recovery. Work with your loved one’s doctor in order to create a plan that best fits their unique situation. A standard discharge plan might include: a safe place to live, installing special assistance equipment (such as rails in the bathroom, or a chair lift), physical therapy, and more. If your loved one drove, you may need to consider whether or not that is still possible given their present condition. Additionally, some families look to hire a home health aide or nurse to assist with post-stroke care.

Home Changes for Stroke Survivors

Many stroke survivors return home after the hospital; but it is often necessary to adjust their living situation. The needs of your loved one will determine how much change is needed. Tripping hazards such as area rugs or small pieces of furniture are common issues in a stroke-survivor’s home. You may need to install a chair lift or rails in the shower. Some families will move a stroke-survivor’s bedroom to the ground floor if possible; to limit stair usage.


It is common for stroke-survivors to have follow-up appointments pertaining to their condition. Your loved one will have to meet with rehabilitation professionals and doctors. Physical therapy and follow-up appointments can be very stressful for your loved one.
Your loved one’s doctor can help them discuss how their condition is affecting their daily lives. It is good to follow up with your loved one’s primary care physician to better assess how to properly maintain a good home environment for their situation.

Full-Time Care After a Stroke

Often, it can take a lot of time and energy to look after someone who has suffered from a stroke. It is important to understand the level of help that you can give them. If your loved one needs more assistance than you are able to grant, you may want to consider hiring a home health aide. A home health aide can assist your loved one with daily tasks and care. They can also help your loved one go to appointments with their doctors or physical therapists.

Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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