How to move safely around at home
After a stroke, it may be harder to move around.
Your physiotherapist will work with you to strengthen your muscles. They may recommend equipment to help you move around and plan for a safe return home. Learn more about preventing falls here.
Use and move your weak arm and leg as much as you can. This can help to maintain the strength and movement you have.
How can I move around safely inside my house?
Walking aids can help you walk further and more safely.
Examples of common walking aids:
Folding walker with wheels
Braces can help make walking safer and easier.
Examples of common braces:
An ankle foot orthosis (AFO) helps to lift your foot while you take a step if you have a weak foot and ankle. AFOs are custom made.
Watch this video about how to walk with an AFO:
Your physiotherapist can help you choose the best walking aid or brace.
If it is not safe for you to walk, you may need a wheelchair.
Some wheelchairs have special functions such as:
- A support cushion
- A back rest to help you sit straight
- An arm tray to support your weaker arm
Your occupational therapist can help you choose the best one for your needs.
Watch a video about how to position yourself in a chair or bed:
What if I have trouble on stairs?
It is always a good idea to have a sturdy handrail on one or both sides to hold.
Your physiotherapist can teach you a safe way to get up and down the stairs.
Watch a video about how to go up the stairs safely:
If you have trouble on stairs, you may need to make changes to your stairs.
I do not have a physiotherapist or occupational therapist. Where can I get advice about moving around safely?
Call the Community Care Access Centre at 310-CCAC (2222). Ask the coordinator for an in-home assessment from their team. They can connect you to the right support to help you move around safely.