Senior Care Blog

May is Stroke Awareness Month

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner of Home Helpers of Bradenton

Hi, Fellow Community Members!

May is Stroke Awareness Month.  Many of us have had an experience with someone we know that had a stroke.  As a senior care provider in Bradenton Florida, we have seen the affects of strokes on stroke victims and their families.  There is always a loss of abilities for stroke survivors and the impacts will differ from person to person.  This may lead to stress and frustration as they realize the significant changes to their routine, goals not realized that may now seem unattainable, and hobbies that have to at least be temporarily postponed.

Below are some helpful things for a caregiver of a stroke survivor to know and do to aid in the stroke recovery care.  Much of this information came from an article from the Stroke Association that struck a chord with us titled "15 Things Caregivers Should Know After a Loved One Has Had a Stroke".

  1. Know the medications that have been prescribed and any side effects. Do not hesitate to ask questions or request written information from medical personnel regarding the medications.

  2. Consider modifications to the home to make it safer. Please see some of our tips. We often recommend many of these modifications to our senior home care clients.  http://www.homehelpershomecare.com/blog/2015/06/renovating-a-home-for-aging-in-place

  3. Stay the course on the treatment regimen that has been prescribed. Diet, exercise, and prescribed medications will reduce the risk of the stroke happening again.

  4. The impacts of a stroke differ from person to person. Avoid comparisons to other stroke survivors and their recovery.

  5. Stroke recovery may happen quickly in a little as 3 months or may continue as long as 2 years after the stroke.

  6. Don’t ignore signs that indicate therapy may be necessary even if they result in no injury at all. Get help from a Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist when the following conditions happen: Dizziness, Imbalance resulting in falls, Difficulty in walking or moving around, Inability to walk more than 6 minutes without stopping to rest, Inability to do activities he/she enjoys or the increased need for help in daily activities, Falls occur more than two times in six months.

  7. Measure progress. There should be gains every week.

  8. An improvement or decline in abilities may trigger eligibility for additional services.

  9. Report any changes in attitude and behavior before those changes hinder recovery.

  10. Maintain support connections such as local support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers. A case manager, social worker, or discharge planner can help you locate local resources.

  11. Understand the stroke survivor's health insurance coverage. Understand the rehabilitation services that are available, the duration services will be provided, and the out of pocket costs that can be expected.

  12. Enlist the help of stroke survivor's physician if rehabilitation services are denied. He/she may need to provide documentation to the insurance company.

  13. Know your rights in terms of access to your loved ones medical records. If you are not a family member, you can assist the family by encouraging them to get copies of medical and rehabilitation records, including written notes and brain imaging films.

  14. Be careful about sharing health information. HIPAA is to be followed by caregivers.

  15. Take care of yourself and avoid caregiver burnout.

Remember that as a caregiver, you can truly make a difference in your client's life and the process of their stroke recovery.  As a result of your work, your client's life may return to a new normal, a life to be enjoyed with family, and a life where he/she can return to doing many of the hobbies he/she loves.

Yours truly,

Jonathan Marsh

Contact Home Helpers of Bradenton FL for your Stroke Recovery Care Needs

For information about how Home Helpers of Bradenton can serve you and your family, call 941-999-1960, email JMarsh@HomeHelpersHomeCare.com or visit Stroke Recovery Care Bradenton FL - Home Helpers. Our senior home care services including homemaker care, companion care, personal care, Alzheimer's and dementia care, respite care, 24 hour care & live-in care, and monitoring and medical alert services are available in Manatee County and Sarasota County in and around the communities of Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Myakka City, Palmetto, Parrish, and Sarasota.  Our main office is located at 4230 59th St W, Ste C, Bradenton, FL 34209.

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