How to Recognize and Respond to a Stroke

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Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, as well as a leading cause of disability in adults. However, if the stroke symptoms are recognized and attended to quickly, the damage caused can be greatly reduced. Home Care Assistance, the leading provider of San Antonio home care, believes caregivers and their loved ones should be familiar with stroke symptoms and know who to call and what to do to minimize long-term damage and prevent death.

Identifying Stroke Symptoms

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, which leads to brain cell death due to lack of oxygen. The symptoms include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (often on just one side of the body)
  • Confusion, slurring words, or talking nonsense
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

What to Do in the Event of a Stroke

If you notice your loved one experiencing any of the above symptoms, immediately call 911. Do not wait to see if he or she improves. While you wait for help, stay with your family member and try to keep him or her still to prevent further injury. Here are some things to do while waiting for an ambulance:

If he or she is conscious:

  • Lay him or her down on their side with the head slightly raised and supported
  • Do not give him or her anything to eat or drink
  • Loosen restrictive clothing
  • Support any weak limbs

If he or she is unconscious:

  • Check his or her breathing and pulse
  • Put your loved one on their side
  • Begin CPR if there is no pulse or your loved one stopped breathing
  • Stay on the phone with the ambulance dispatcher for assistance

Should your senior loved one experience a stroke and require post-stroke care, Home Care Assistance can help. We provide stroke home care in San Antonio, and we make your loved one’s needs our top priority. Our trained caregivers can help with cooking and cleaning, personal care assistance, mobility support, and offer companionship and support. Don’t hesitate to call us today at 210.495.6300 to schedule your complimentary consultation.





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