How to Plan for a Senior Stroke Survivor's Care

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Planning for Post-Stroke Care for a Senior Loved One

By Glenn Krakow, 6:14 pm on

After a loved one experiences a stroke, they have what may be lengthy recovery period ahead of them, although these days, the ultimate prognosis for recovery is often quite good, especially if the stroke was mild. After leaving the hospital, the amount and typed of care needed will vary. In general, your loved one will require some degree of physical and/or occupational therapy. Speech therapy is quite common too. But many families want to do more in terms of post-stroke home care for their loved one. Here are three great ways to prepare:

  1. Managing Mobility in the Home – Many people who have a stroke may have mobility issues immediately afterward. These issues can range from a slight limp to requiring a walker or wheelchair. This certainly improves with physical therapy. In the mean time, you should consider making the home easier to navigate by widening the space between furniture and minimizing sharp corners. Strategically placed chairs offer additional places to rest; many people who have recently had stroke tire easily.
  1. Dealing with Depression – About one-third of those who have a stroke experience depression afterward. This condition is temporary in almost all cases. It is usually a by-product of early issues with movement or speech, or concerns about the future. If you suspect your loved one is depressed, you should speak with his or her doctor about appropriate treatment, such as additional therapy or mood stabilizing medication.
  1. Strengthening Social Bonds – A stroke can be isolating, but you can help your loved one avoid this. When they feel up to it, begin inviting friends and other family members to visit with them. This facilitates their connection with the world around them and will often raise their spirits, which can be very good for recovery. You may also consider the help of a trained hourly caregiver in El Dorado Hills. These professionals can not only assist with daily activities to ensure safety, they can provide your loved one with companionship and emotional support.

Caring for someone after a stroke can be a challenging, but rewarding experience when you have the right support systems in place. If you feel that you are unsure of how to manage the complex care needs of your aging loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance of El Dorado today. Our caregivers specialize and provide stroke care in El Dorado Hills and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager by calling 916-358-3801.