A stroke can be an extremely challenging medical event to cope with and recover from; patients must simultaneously overcome physical, cognitive and emotional challenges and many stroke survivors report frustrations with the recovery process. In-home services can help ensure a successful recovery at home to maximize long-term independence.
In a recent survey of over 1000 stroke survivors, over 40% felt somewhat or not very successful in meeting their rehabilitation goals and 38% felt they lacked information relevant to their recovery. After a stroke, a caregiver can provide essential assistance with:
Driving and errands
Meal preparation and proper nutrition
Personal assistance, including hygiene and dressing
Companionship and activities
Emotional support for client and his/her family
1. Follow the advice of experts.
Even after you transition home, it is critical to maintain regular appointments with your doctors, especially your neurologist. Typically, post-stroke patients visit their neurologist at least once every six weeks early in the recovery. However, over half of stroke survivors fail to comply with recommended follow-up visits and do not see any specialists during their recovery.
2. Adapt your home to your needs.
Depending on the severity of your stroke, you may require medical equipment such as a walker, a wheelchair or a hospital bed in the home. In addition, your home may be require safety modifications before you can feel comfortable. Your doctors, therapists and discharge planners should be able to advise you on the equipment you will need at home.
3. Follow up on your blood work.
Because strokes are caused by a reduction in blood flow to the brain, your physician will usually prescribe anticoagulants to facilitate your recovery. The dosage is adjusted based on your blood flow, so regular blood testing is critical to ensuring a safe and accurate dosage. Your doctors will advise you on the proper procedure and timing for your blood work.
4. Understand your limitations.
We all value our independence and many of us are accustomed to an active lifestyle. However, anyone recovering from a stroke must understand that the recovery process cannot be rushed. Your brain is gradually rebuilding damaged synapses, which can cause mental fogginess or a sense of mild confusion. Your body is recovering as well and activities that were once routine, such as walking or hand movement, may present new physical challenges. Understand that you can take steps to address them. Receiving support from a caregiver or a loved one can help with your physical needs and memory exercises such as keeping an activity notebook can improve cognitive function.
5. Do as much as you can.
Though you should never endanger yourself or risk your recovery by doing too much too soon, it is important that you attempt basic tasks with which you feel comfortable. Your efforts will facilitate your physical recovery and small accomplishments can provide a big mental boost and propel you toward your long-term goals. Take incremental steps and utilize support from family or caregivers for daily activities that pose a challenge.
6. Maintain your therapy schedule.
Though your therapy needs (physical, occupational or speech) may vary, it is important to start therapy as soon as possible and remain consistent with your appointments and recommended exercises. Though your initial therapy sessions may be trying, maintain focus on your long-term goals. Your therapists are trained professionals who have helped numerous post-stroke patients and can act as expert guides in the critical weeks following a stroke.
7. Watch your diet.
It is important to limit your intake of fat, cholesterol and sodium to prevent unnecessary stress on your body. It may be tempting to indulge in comfort foods, but a balanced diet is essential to a healthy recovery. It is also important to maintain a regular meal schedule, even though you may not be hungry. Proper nutrition and caloric intake give your body the energy it needs to heal.
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A stroke will occur when the blood supply to the brain is limited. This can result in many problems. Here are the main reasons that cause strokes:
1. High Blood Pressure
People with high blood pressure have an increased risk of having a stroke. They should take heed to lower their blood pressure at all times. Relieving stressors can help someone to avoid having a stroke when they are a person that has high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be helped with stroke services.
2. High Cholesterol
With high cholesterol, people need to be aware of their eating patterns. They should watch what they eat on a regular basis so that they can avoid having a stroke. Contact us for our stroke company's services.
When people have diabetes, they need to keep it under control. They will want to visit their doctor on a regular basis and take insulin if they need to. Strokes don't need to be a long term issue.
- Ceasing smoking is a good idea for people to do so that they are not candidates for smoking. They should at least cut down if they cannot fully quit smoking. Having stroke caregivers is necessary for stroke victims is a big plus. It can make all of the difference in the world for a person that has suffered a stroke to have the services that they need. Since HCA is available, many people can get the help that they need to live their life to the fullest after they have had a stroke. A stroke victim is not alone.
What Will A HCA Help With?
After a stroke, a person will need help with many things. Their life will change and they can get the assistance that they need with HCA. They will receive stroke services via:
. Preparing Meals
- A person will be helped with the preparation of meals. This will include coming up with a grocery list and making sure that all the necessary food items are purchased. A person that needs assistance with eating will also get the attention that they for this type of activity. You no longer have to be a meal prep for your stroke victim.
- Since a person that has had a stroke will not be able to drive, the HCA will provide transportation to and from appointments for doctors and other places. They will be driven to places that they need to go safely and securely. They will always be on time for any of the appointments that they need to go to. We will drive your family member around so the stroke is not a burden.
HCA has helped so many stroke victims and people that have suffered from strokes. Since the assistance that is provided is top-of-the-line, stroke victims feel loved and appreciated. This allows them to live life to the fullest and enjoy as much as possible as the days go on. Contact us for all our stroke caregiving services. Stroke care givers will be happy to help.
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