Providing Homecare Services for those Recovering from a Stroke

Over the past few weeks, Best Home Care has covered some important blog topics including stroke prevention and the warning signs of a stroke. This information is crucial for personal care assistants, home caregivers, home nurses, and family members wanting to provide quality home care for elders. However, what happens after a stroke occurs?

 

Here are some important things to consider when providing homecare for seniors that have recently suffered a stroke:

 

  1. Learn about Medications– Doctors will typically prescribe new medications to someone that has a stroke. It is important to be aware of how these meds work and what kind of side effects they may have. Be sure to ask questions as well so you can be better aware of how to make the rehabilitation process easier.
  2. Be Aware of Risks for Another Stroke– 1 in 4 people who have had a stroke will have another one. This can be prevented by making changes to diet and lifestyle. You can learn more about which changes to make in our earlier blog on stroke prevention.
  3. Consider Physical Therapy– A physical therapist can make a big difference in recovery. Many individuals suffer from dizziness and have difficulty walking and getting around as a result. By receiving help from a physical therapist, these everyday movements can become easier and more comfortable.
  4. Take Precaution for Falls– Because of the dizziness that occurs after a stroke, falls are very common. But that does not mean they are to be taken lightly. If a fall results in more than just minor pain or bruising, seek emergency medical attention.
  5. Watch for Changes in Demeanor and Attitude– If your loved one is showing an inability to control their emotions or reactions, or are just generally seeming out of character, be sure to let their doctor know. Anxiety and depression are common after a stroke and symptoms should not be ignored.

 

Best Home Care knows that finding the best at-home healthcare and personal care services can be stressful. Luckily, our home care professionals are here to help make the process much easier. For more information on stroke recovery and finding the perfect homecare services for your unique needs, visit our website. For any questions and concerns, feel free to call us at 651-330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

In-Home Care Provides Benefits Not Found at Assisted Living Centers

Options for Senior CareAs we age, the majority of us will need some type of prolonged assisted health care. A recent study from the University of Minnesota estimates that 70% of middle-aged Americans will require some form of long-term health care after the age of 65. The study also suggests that over 50% will spend some time in a nursing home or assisted living center.

The question then becomes not if you will need this care, but how and where you will receive this care. It’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for your future needs. The two major types of senior care – assisted living and home care – are very different. What’s appropriate for one person may not be right for another. Understanding the benefits of each now will save you time and money in the long run.

As a disclaimer: we here at Best Home Care are slightly biased towards home health care. However, there are many good reasons for this. Some of the benefits of at-home health care include:

  • The ability to stay in a known place and keep the things you love near
  • One-on-one care tailored specifically to your needs
  • Potential cost savings compared to assisted living centers
  • Promotes recovery by keeping families together

It’s important to note that in-home care may not be right for everyone. Depending on a senior’s care requirements or disabilities, an assisted living center might be the appropriate route to take. That said, at-home care can improve a senior’s quality of life in many unique ways.

If you or someone you know is unsure about which type of health care is ideal for a certain situation, contact Best Home Care. Our home care professionals can walk you through the various benefits of at-home care and help you decide on the right option.