Recover.

Going home.

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The Hut.

Preparation.

Once you have left base camp, 'the hut' is the next port of call. Mountaineers will be familiar with that term. Lets call it home! Its a place to take shelter and sustenance. It will become very familiar to you in a new way.

Being safe.

Before you go there, you need to make sure it is safe for you. Normally an Occupational Therapist will carry out the checks as you may overlook potential hazards. After all you dont want to fall out of the ambulance and trip over the front door threshold!

There could be adaptations needed in the shower, aids for the toilet and so on. Dont worry, these will hopefully be removed from your home in time so don't resist, its far better than breaking bones.[5]

A new environment.

Treat everything afresh.

It sounds crazy but your own home will present new challenges, no longer being the familiar place you once knew. Start by thinking of it as an unknown hut on your mountain and take on every task as if you are doing it for the first time.

Start simply.

Do the easy things first. Establish how to get ready for bed and get up in the morning. Strip wash before you attempt a shower and so on. Make an actual or mental list of things that you can and can't do.

Think about things that might make your routine safer, whether it's more comfortable slippers or having walking sticks strategically placed.

Be pragmatic.

Some ideas.

Here are a few ideas, the usefulness of which depend on your condition:-

  • ☑ If you have 2 floors, move downstairs or duplicate mobility aids up and downstairs.
  • ☑ Get a stairlift, if you think it would prevent a fall.
  • ☑ A stand alone frame can be put around the toilet rather than screwing bars into the walls.
  • ☑ Change room layouts to make it easier for you to get around or stop for a short rest.
  • ☑ Have good lighting.
  • ☑ Install handrails and other grabbing handles wherever you feel too challenged.
  • ☑ Put a slip proof mat in the bath and shower.
  • ☑ Get rid of any tripping points on the floor. Mats, animal feeders, ornaments etc.
  • ☑ Put heavy items, for example in the kitchen, where they can easily be manoeuvred rather than lifted.
  • ☑ Get a knife and fork with easy to grip handles.

This could be a very long list and I am sure we will expand it one of these days,but I hope you get the idea for now.

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