Strokes are not always fatal and don’t always result in death. In fact, according to the CDC statistics on strokes, approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke annually. Roughly 87 percent of all strokes are the result of blood flow to the brain being restricted, which are known as ischemic strokes. Out of all people who suffer a stroke, around 85 percent are not fatal, yet do require extensive post-stroke care and rehabilitation.
When a person experiences a stroke, it affects brain functions. Post-stroke, a person can have problems with motor skills, speech, muscle functions, memory loss, mobility, and more. In some cases, the person never fully recovers their lost abilities. However, that does not mean, with the proper in-home adult care, that they cannot regain most of their normal functioning in order to enjoy life again.
The days, weeks, and months following the stroke are considered critical periods. This is when the patient will make the most progress on their road to recovery, although, for additional recovery, ongoing treatment is necessary to ensure continuous stimulation and recovery with marked improvements. These small improvements occur slowly at various intervals and can require years of treatment.
What to Include in Your Post-Stroke Care Plan
While it can be difficult to determine what type of care and specialists are needed, a general guideline you can use is to include these types of care as part of your plan:
- Speech and Language Pathologist – Since strokes affect speech and motor skills, some patients have to relearn how to read, write, and talk.
- Psychologist – Dealing with stroke can be stressful for the patient and their loved ones. A psychologist can also help the patient deal with cognitive and memory loss problems.
- Occupational Therapy – Stroke patients often have to relearn how to do daily chores and personal hygiene tasks, such as showering, cooking, cleaning, and so on.
- In Home Care Assistance – Once a patient reaches a certain point in their recovery and is discharged from the hospital, most want to return home but require help and support. Caregivers provide help to the entire family and the patient by working around work schedules, and they help address issues when family members live far away.
- Social Worker Assistance – A social worker will provide help with at-home services, rehab services, and more to ensure the patient is receiving proper care.
- Physical Therapy – Most patients need some form of physical therapy to regain lost mobility functions.
As we get older, the risks for stroke increase. It is worthwhile to make a post-stroke care plan ahead of time, so your loved ones will know your wishes should you become incapacitated from a stroke. If you have elderly parents, it is also beneficial to sit down with them and make a similar plan, as this will alleviate many stresses for the family and loved ones, should they experience a stroke.
If you require or a loved one requires at-home care after a stroke or for other medical ailments, help is available from us, here at Home Care Assistance of San Antonio. Call us at 210-495-6300 today to request free information about our services or to arrange a consultation appointment.