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What Happens After Your Mom Has a Stroke – A Step by Step Look

By Denise Roskamp

Your mom had a stroke. You heard her fall and found her on her bedroom floor. She's been rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Here's what happens in the days and weeks to come.

When the Stroke Hits

When a stroke hits, blood flow to the brain is impacted. It's either reduced or completely stopped. When this happens, vision and speech impacted. Some may get an intense headache. Your mom may become dizzy or unsteady and fall down. As one side of the body is numb or unable to function, getting back up is impossible. Mobility is impacted after a stroke.

Immediate Treatments

At the hospital, specialists run tests and scan the brain to see what type of stroke it occurred. If there is no brain bleed, your mom will be given powerful medications to break up blood clots. It has to be given within a few hours of the stroke. If more time has passed, this isn't an option and blood thinners will be ordered. If there is a brain bleed, surgery to stop the bleed is necessary.

The stroke may impact your mom's ability to breathe and swallow. If this is the case, the doctor may discuss a ventilator and feeding tube (nasal or stomach) to make sure your mom's oxygen levels and nutrients are not impacted. Aspiration pneumonia is a risk, and medications and respiratory therapy may be used to help her body battle pneumonia.

Continuing Care

Every few hours, a nurse will come in and ask your mom questions. The goal is to see how much the stroke has impacted things like speech, vision, and movement. Therapists will start rehabilitation soon after to get your mom's feet, arms, and legs moving again. Occupational therapists will teach your mom things like how to get dressed, take a shower, and use a toilet again. Speech therapists will help your mom relearn communication skills. Respiratory therapists work on breathing.

Rehabilitation

After being dismissed from the hospital, your mom will likely go into a rehabilitation center where she continues to work with therapists. These services may be performed at home. A lot of this depends on how easy it will be for your mom to manage her home. If she cannot walk and needs a wheelchair, she won't be able to climb stairs for a while. If her house has stairs to enter or to access bedrooms and bathrooms, rehabilitation at home is difficult.

Hire Home Care

While your mom's health and mobility improve, she'll need help with bathing and toileting. She's going to be taking medications and needs reminders. Getting in and out of bed will be a challenge. Caregivers can help with these tasks. Caregivers also help with housework, meals, and laundry. Call a home care agency
to learn more about post-stroke care services.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN WESTON, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.