Our last post focused on the risks, causes, and impacts of stroke. By some estimates, nearly 800,000 Americans will experience a stroke each year — 140,000 of which will die. Those who survive, will often suffer from long-term disabilities due to damage in key parts of their brain. In fact, stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. As a result, stroke patients returning home for post-acute care may need help managing some of the daily tasks they used to take for granted.
Strokes Can Impair Activities of Daily Living
The effects of stroke vary depending on the severity of the incident and location within the brain. However, they typically fall into three broad categories:
- Physical: Patients may experience weakness, numbness, and stiffness which can greatly inhibit mobility.
- Emotional: Many patients experience depression, fear, and anxiety as a result of brain damage caused by a stroke. Uncontrolled bouts of laughing or crying — known as the Pseudobulbar Affect — are also common.
- Cognitive: Stroke can also damage how patients think and remember. Some may experience memory loss. Others may have difficulty expressing themselves or understanding what other people are saying — a condition called aphasia.
It’s not uncommon for patients to experience symptoms in all three of these categories. And it’s possible for symptoms to improve with the right kind of physical, occupational, or speech therapies. In the immediate aftermath of a stroke, however, patients may be severely disabled and unable to meet their own basic needs.
You could imagine — for example — how difficult meal preparation would be if one of your arms was so weak you could not lift it. It would be a challenging task to take a shower if your sense of balance was compromised. And staying current on your medication would be nearly impossible if you couldn’t tell the difference between medicine bottles. That’s just a snapshot of the challenges some patients face as they return home after a stroke.
Home Care Can Help Stroke Patients Adjust
It’s no wonder, then, that many patients find themselves in assisted living facilities after experiencing a stroke. Without a strong caregiving network in place, patients too often can’t meet their own basic needs. There’s something comforting, however, about recovering from a major medical event in your own home. Safe in the familiar environment you enjoy everyday. This is where in-home care comes into play.
In-home care provides support for the non-medical tasks we all must accomplish in the course of an ordinary day. This could include help with dressing, bathing, and grooming, planning and preparing meals, or bathing and showering. Caregivers can also assist with tasks like medication reminders or shopping, errands, and transportation. This kind of assistance can also be very valuable to family caregivers who may need a short term break of their own to rest and recharge. In short, in-home care could offer the support many stroke patients need as they work to recover and adjust to their new normal.
If you live in Arizona and know someone who could use our help as they recover from a stroke, we’d love to talk more. Give us a call at 602-595-HOME (4663) or you can fill out the contact form on our website. We’ll begin by conducting a free, in-home needs assessment that will determine what kind of assistance the patient requires and how our skilled caregivers can help. Then we’ll create a customized plan of care aimed at improving your quality-of-life and maximizing your independence.
Some of our clients use our caregivers for only a few hours each week, while others prefer round-the-clock care. Recovering from a stroke requires total concentration and lots of hard work. No matter how much outside help you need, we believe that once you start working with your own caregiver, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without them.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier and independent life.
We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasize a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.