Are you or your loved one currently hospitalized? If so, consider preparing your home to be patient-friendly as much as possible before you return. When your hospitalization is planned, take note of preparing your home in advance, but if not, let your family, friends, or a home health aide help ready your home for you. Here are some ideas for your safety and quick recovery at home:
- Set up your bed on the first or entry floor as much as possible.
- On the same floor where you spend most of your day, put in a portable commode or bathroom.
- Stock up on personal items such as toilet paper, frozen or canned food, or shampoo.
- Prioritize buying meals that can be frozen and reheated.
- Put all items within reach so you wouldn’t have to bend down or get on your tiptoes.
- Things that may be of help to your situation include a cane, walker, or crutches, bathroom handlebars, shower sponge and shoehorn with a long handle, stock aid, or a reacher.
- Let home health in Wichita, Kansas make things easier for you in the bathroom, such as raising the toilet seat or installing grab bars vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.
- To prevent bathroom slips, put rubber silicone decals or non-slip suction mats in the tub and use a non-skid bath mat outside it.
To make your home ready for you or your loved one after a hospital stay, get help from Sunflower Home Health & Hospice, a provider of both home health and hospice care in Kansas.