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 had 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 and 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 treated and prevented, 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.
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 preventative care to help reduce the chances of a recurrence. 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:
- Preventing falls and helping with stairs, getting up and down from chairs or beds.
- Assisting with bathing, grooming, or other activities of daily living that are difficult.
- Managing medication (under the direction of an RN).
- Helping with exercises.
- Encouraging as much independence as possible.
- Allowing stroke patients to make their own decisions.
- Participating in leisure activities that clients enjoy.
- 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 is needed. If you choose Professional Caretakers delivers in-home care that helps manage symptoms, monitors safety, but ensures independence where possible.
Call 877-921-9500 or complete the form on the right to get in touch and see how we can help provide the best care for your loved one.