Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Dealing with the after effects including changes physically, emotionally and behaviorally can be difficult, not only for you, but for your loved one who has had a stroke.
Professional Caretakers allows your loved one to stay at home, in an environment that feels safe and familiar. We can provide a few hours or 24-hour care, whatever your loved one needs. We can help with transportation, housework, errands and much more.
What is a Stroke?
Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory.
Strokes are the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. The good news is that strokes can be prevented and treated, and many fewer Americans now die of stroke than was the case even 15 years ago. Better control of major stroke risk factors — high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol — is likely responsible for the decline.
Warning Signs of Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
Remember the acronym FAST. Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty–Time to call 911. If you are unsure:
- Ask the individual to SMILE. Half smile would indicate stroke.
- Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE, such as, “It is sunny out today.”
- Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. Must raise both.
- Stick out his/her TONGUE. If the tongue is ‘crooked’ (if it goes to one side or the other) that could be an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Treatment for a Stroke
After a stroke, the rehabilitation process typically involves a variety of exercises or physical therapy that helps promote independent movement, especially of stroke-impaired limbs or areas of the body. While these may initially be as simple as moving a stroke-impaired limb with the help of a therapist, they may then progress to more difficult tasks such as sitting up, standing walking without assistance, and performing activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing or using the bathroom with little or no assistance.
In-Home Care for Stroke
Our caretakers can provide steady support for loved ones who have suffered a stroke, and they can provide preventive care to help reduce the chances of a recurrence. Stroke victims are at increased risk of suffering another stroke. All of our caretakers are trained to spot the signs of stroke, and they know that instant action is critical when those signs occur.
In addition, our staff members also provide care that’s especially relevant to loved ones who have suffered a stroke. This includes:
- Help them stay active, encourage physical activity
- Don’t do everything for them.
- Be patient. Allow them to complete their thought.
- Help them through their frustration and anger.
- Prevent falls and help with stairs, getting up and down from chairs or beds.
- Assist with bathing, grooming, or other activities of daily living that are difficult.
- Manage medication (under the direction of an RN).
- Help with exercises.
- Encouraging as much independence as possible.
- Allowing stroke patients to make their own decisions.
- Participating in leisure activities that client enjoys.
- Providing support and RN-directed care for a loved one’s depression and frustration.
For those with or caring for someone after a stroke, a little extra help may be all that is needed. Choose Professional Caretakers to deliver in-home care that helps manage symptoms, monitor safety, and ensure independence where possible.
Call 817-921-9500 or complete the form on our Contact Us page and see how we can help provide the best care for your loved one.