Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

At Best Home Care, we know that as our loved ones get older it is important to be aware of any and all health conditions that could be a danger to them. There is nothing worse than being present during a medical emergency and not knowing how to help or what to do.

 

One of the most dangerous health risks for seniors is a stroke. This occurs when there is an interruption of blood to the brain. The lapse of blood triggers the death of brain cells by depriving them of oxygen.

 

Strokes can cause permanent brain damage, paralysis, or even death. But being aware of warning signs and knowing how to handle the situation can make all the difference in the outcome. Here are some warning signs of a stroke to look out for:

 

  1. Facial Drooping: If one side of the face is lopsided or drooping, ask the person to smile. In looking at their smile if one side of the face is still uneven, this could be a sign of stroke.
  2. Arm Weakness: There is usually weakness in one side of the body, in the arms and legs, as well as a side of the face. If you ask the individual to hold both arms up and one is hanging lower, this is a strong sign of something bigger.
  3. Confusion: Showing signs of confusion or difficulty speaking, forming sentences, and understanding what is being said is another sign of a possible stroke.
  4. Dizziness: Especially sudden and severe dizziness and loss of balance or coordination is something to take note of.
  5. Headache: Ask the individual if they have any pain in their head, especially pain that comes on suddenly and strongly.

 

If you or someone you‘re with is experiencing these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately to seek prompt medical attention.

You can learn more about finding quality home care for the elderly, pediatric home care, or home care for those with disabilities by visiting our website. Our team of home care professionals specialize in helping those in need find the best personal care assistant, home nursing, home caregivers, or home care assistance for their own unique needs.

 

For any questions or concerns about home care services, call Best Home Care at (651) 330-2550 or email us at info@besthomecaremn.com.

Celebrate National Caregivers Month with Best Home Care

Transitional Home Care for SeniorsThey are dependable, compassionate, patient, and strong. They are caregivers. It’s important to recognize the impact home caregivers employed by Best Home Care and other in home care agencies make every day, but especially during November since it marks National Caregivers Month.

 

Beginning in 1994 with President Clinton, each successive president has signed a proclamation to set aside a month to honor individuals in the PCA healthcare industry and their home care contributions to the community. In 2015, President Obama wrote “I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.”

 

Many people who provide home care assistance for a family member don’t recognize themselves as caregivers. Don’t forget to think of these folks too when you join Best Home Care in celebrating quality care attendants so that they receive the same support that they show for those they look after. Here are Best Home Care’s three favorite ways to support a deserving caregiver:

  1. Buy a Gift: A bouquet of bright flowers or gift card to their favorite restaurant complete with a thank you note can remind a caregiver that you appreciate all that they do and boost their mood.
  2. Do a Favor: Sometimes a caregiver does not want to seem like a nuisance and won’t seek help when they need it. Offer to run to the store to pick up something they need or sit with their client while they run a quick errand.
  3. Be a Friend: Make a phone call or pay a visit and ask how their week has been. Shifting the conversation towards the caregiver can provide them with a break from only thinking about the person they care for all of the time.

 

Contact Best Home Care today for more tips to recognize, celebrate, and thank your Minnesota home care specialists in during National Caregivers Month and beyond.