Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke, a considerable majority being men and women in their proverbial Golden Years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, many families find themselves trying to manage the care of a senior stroke survivor. How can families support their loved ones after a stroke?
- Evaluate the Home – Depending on your loved one’s current abilities, you may need to make modifications to the home to help promote mobility and independence. Remove trip hazards and clutter and clear the hallways to ensure safe pathways for walking. You may also want to install grab bars and additional lighting to make sure that your loved one can navigate through the home safely.
- Provide Part-Time Care – Your loved will likely need assistance with activities of daily living and personal care following a stroke. You may need to take time away from work or other obligations to provide them with consistent care that meets their new needs. While 24/7 care may be required immediately after the stroke, you should also plan to check in a few times each week. If your schedule does not enable you to do this, click here to learn more about professional and highly trained live-in home caregivers.
- Offer Consistent Contact – Families should do their best to maintain consistent contact with their parent or loved one. For example, establish a specific schedule of phone calls to serve as check-ins. Of course, this in and of itself is not a foolproof means of protecting a person from the effects of a future stroke, but it can help to enhance his or her comfort level.
- Eliminate Fear – What many families unintentionally overlook is the fact that the senior who survives a stroke often experiences ongoing fear. He or she may have an unshakeable fear of experiencing another stroke or may fear not getting prompt medical attention. Being there to provide them with companionship helps to promote feelings of safety and consider help from a part-time caregiver. With Fairfield hourly home care, your loved one can enjoy the company and assistance of a trained and reliable caregiver who can fill in the gaps in care when you are not there.
Even when the side effects of a stroke are minimal, they can still have a dramatic impact on a senior’s daily life and emotional health. Provide your aging parent or loved one with the in-home care and assistance they need and deserve by calling Home Care Assistance today. We specialize in stroke care for Fairfield seniors and offer complimentary consultations where we can learn about your loved one’s individual care needs. Call 203-955-1915 to request free information.