Stroke Care: 6 Things to Do Before Your Loved One is Discharged

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Post-Stroke Discharge Tips for Caregivers

Bringing an elderly parent or loved one home after a stroke can provide you with feelings of relief and fear. There is joy in the fact that your loved one is able to return home, but how will new changes affect his or her quality of life? The El Dorado Hills post-hospital care experts at Home Care Assistance recommend doing these 6 things in anticipation of bringing your loved one home.

  1. Talk with your loved one’s doctor and any staff members involved in his or her care to ensure you know the proper steps for recovery and rehabilitation. Take this time to ask any questions about your loved one’s current abilities, what to expect, medication management, etc.
  2. Explore options for support which can include meetings with physical and occupational therapists, support groups and even local home care agencies in El Dorado Hills. This can help you prepare to care for your loved one, maximizing safety, comfort and the overall recovery process.
  3. Remove trip hazards such as throw rugs and electrical cords from high-traffic areas. Large pieces of furniture should also be pushed against the wall to create open walkways from one room to another. It may also be helpful to install grab bars in the bathroom to help promote safety during personal care activities such as bathing.
  4. Evaluate the home to find ways to make activities of daily living easier. For instance, it might be helpful to set the television up for closed captioning if your loved one’s hearing was impacted by the stroke. Moving commonly used kitchen items to lower shelves can also help to make cooking easier. Simple changes can promote as much independence as possible for your loved one.
  5. Purchase a cane or walker if your loved one’s mobility has been affected by the stroke. Senior stroke survivors who do not experience paralysis may still feel weak and unable to keep their balance for long periods of time.
  6. Grocery shop with your loved one’s new needs in mind. A stroke can often affect a senior’s ability to swallow so it will be important to purchase foods that are soft, and easily digestible. It is also important to check for any possible food and drug interactions as the result of new medications.

With the proper preparations, care and support, your aging parent or loved one can enjoy a safe and effective recovery at home following a hospital stay. For more information about how to support him or her during this new stage of life, reach out to Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills today. We proudly provide hourly and live-in care El Dorado Hills families trust, with no long-term contracts required. Call 916-358-3801 for more information or request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly and experienced Care Manager.


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