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Getting Started with In-Home Care for Stroke Recovery

When a person suffers from a stroke, their brain has experienced a temporary loss of blood flow, resulting in damaged brain cells. The effects of a stroke are different for each person, but a survivors’ mobility and memory are most commonly affected depending on the severity of the stroke. Immediate conditions after a stroke can include:

Once you or your loved one is stable enough to finally return home, continuing rehabilitation is one of the most essential parts of recovery and provides your loved with the best chance of regaining their independence and returning to their normal life. Depending on the severity of the stroke, some survivors can return to their normal lives if the stroke did not result in life-altering conditions. Others may require a lengthier amount of time for total or partial recovery after returning home from the hospital or rehab facility with any loss of normal function.

Are you caring for a loved one who suffered a stroke? Returning home can be daunting for stroke survivors as they find it tough to adapt to life with the debilitating conditions that have changed their ability to live life as they did before. At Jewish Family Home Care, we understand how difficult it can be for survivors as well as their family members seeing their loved one suffering. While you and your family will want to do all you can to assist with your loved one’s recovery, this can become overwhelming as time goes on. You, other family members and friends want to help, but may not be able to simply because you are struggling to balance managing your own family and career while taking care of someone who needs your care and attention around the clock.

When it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day or your bandwidth can’t handle all of the new responsibilities of caring for your loved one, it is okay to feel like you need some help. You can’t do everything, but a skilled in-home caregiver can assist you to make sure your loved one receives the care and assistance they need after being discharged. When you can’t care for your loved one but need to make sure they are safe and healthy, you don’t need to resort to assisted living facilities or nursing When it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day or your bandwidth can’t handle all of the new responsibilities of caring for your loved one, it is okay to feel like you need some help. You can’t do everything, but a skilled in-home caregiver can assist you to make sure your loved one receives the care and assistance they need after being discharged. When you can’t care for your loved one but need to make sure they are safe and healthy, you don’t need to resort to assisted living facilities or nursing homes. Our compassionate caregivers are here to step in, so you can take a step back knowing your loved one can continue living safely and comfortably at home during their stroke recovery.

Benefits of In-Home Stroke Care

There is no place like home, especially when you aren’t feeling your best. After suffering from a traumatic experience, such as a stroke, it’s natural to want to find sanctuary in your own bed in the familiar surroundings of your home and personal belongings. With in-home care, your loved one can recover in a place they feel safe and sure of.

Once they return home, your loved one will need assistance with tasks ranging from meal preparation to fall prevention. Our caregivers will ensure your loved one is getting the proper nutrients and hydration for a healthy recovery, as well as track fluid and medication intake on a consistent schedule. With post-stroke conditions such as paralysis or weakness on one side, paired with possible dizzying medications, we’ll help prevent potential falls by helping your loved one navigate to the bathroom, help with bathing, dressing, grooming, and daily tasks that can’t be done alone. We can’t eliminate the difficulty of doing daily tasks after a stroke, but we can provide the assistance needed to augment the abilities your loved one still has. Lifelong skills that seem innate to us can be lost if a stroke damaged the part of the brain which stored the knowledge or cognitive function to do them. In addition to needing assistance with daily activities, your loved one will or may need help with things such as:

When a stroke survivor needs to relearn even the most basic of skills, this can be frustrating for not only the survivor but also for the caregiver he/she has become reliant on. Not only is the stress of the sudden stroke weighing on the caregiver, but the family may not have the necessary training and tools to assist with for a full recovery. That is where our stroke care professionals can step in. Our trained stroke caregivers are able to provide personalized care for your loved one’s needs in their current stage of recovery, as well as give gentle encouragement and companionship throughout the process. We shall make sure your loved one sticks to their routine with all cognitive and therapeutic exercises to help build confidence and rebuild neural connections needed during the recovery process.

Personalized Services Provided by In-Home Care

Depending on the level of care you or your loved one needs, our home care services will provide the assistance needed for elderly patients to remain in the place they find most comfortable, their home. When you contact Jewish Family Home Care, we will meet with your senior loved one in their home and together we’ll determine the best situation and schedule for your loved one’s needs and budgets. This can include:

At Jewish Family Home Care our personalized home care services include care coordination and transportation. Caregivers can drive your family member to post-stroke discharge follow up appointments and keep track of the dates. They can also drive patients to support group meetings, which will allow your senior to focus on recovery with people who have also experienced strokes or find solace with therapists who specialize in helping elderly seniors work through their frustrations.

A Jewish Family Home Care caregiver can perform non-medical assistance such as:

Even these simple daily tasks can be overwhelming when your loved one is focusing on regaining strength and recovery. Medication reminders will be given so all medication will be taken at the appropriate time and the at correct dosage for optimum effectiveness. The fear of falling will be decreased when the caregiver walks with the client and gives support and encouragement to succeed.