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Stroke Care

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 happens when a blood vessel breaks or a blood clot blocks an artery, which interrupts blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells start to die and abilities controlled by that brain area are lost. These abilities include memory, movement, and speech.

Strokes are the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. The great news is that strokes can be treated and prevented, and fewer Americans now die from strokes than was the case even 15 years prior. Better control of major stroke risk factors —high cholesterol, smoking, and high blood pressure — is likely responsible for the decline.

Warning Signs of Stroke

  • Sudden confusion, trouble understanding or speaking.
  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the leg, arm or face especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden issue seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble with walking, loss of coordination or balance.
  • Sudden, severe headache with unknown causes.

Remember the acronym FASTFace drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty–Time to call 911.  If you’re not sure:

  1.  Ask the individual to SMILE. Half smile would indicate a stroke.
  2. Tell the individual to TALK and SAY SIMPLE SENTENCES, like, “It’s sunny out today.”
  3. Ask the individual to RAISE BOTH ARMS. Must raise both.
  4. Ask the individual to stick out the TONGUE. If the tongue  goes to one side or the other, that could be a sign of a stroke.

If the person has a problem 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 usually consist of a range of physical therapy or exercises  that helps encourage independent movement, particularly for stroke-impaired limbs or other parts 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 catered to loved ones who have suffered a stroke. This includes:

  • Help them remain active, and encourage them to do physical activity
  • Do not do everything for them.
  • Help them through their frustration and anger.
  • Be patient. Allow them to complete their thought.
  • 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.
  • Help with exercises.
  • Encouraging as much independence as possible.
  • Allowing stroke patients to make their own decisions.
  • Partaking in leisure activities that they enjoy.

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 in managing symptoms, ensuring independence, and monitoring safety 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.