Stroke recovery can vary from person to person, but there are a few methods of post-stroke care that can help any senior no matter the severity of the stroke. The senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance offer these tips on how to effectively care for your elderly loved one after he or she has a stroke.
Enlist Professional Help
In addition to a physician, your loved one may need the help of a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and/or a home health aide. Initially, inpatient rehabilitation may be needed as well. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for information about services your loved one qualifies for.
Make Home a Safe Place
Falls are not uncommon after a stroke, but you can keep home safe by removing any throw rugs or other potential trip hazards, installing raised toilet seats and grab bars in the bathroom, and making sure your loved one can easily reach anything he or she might need. An occupational therapist can help get the house ready for your loved one’s return home after a stroke.
Watch for Changes in Mood and Behavior
As many as 30 to 50 percent of people can develop depression after a stroke. Seniors may experience other changes in behavior as well, such as mood swings or angry outbursts. Involving your loved one in certain activities or expressing a positive attitude when interacting with him or her can go a long way in improving overall mood.
Reduce the Risk of a Second Stroke
After having a stroke, seniors are at an increased risk for having another stoke. You can reduce the risk for your loved one by preparing and serving healthful low fat meals, encouraging exercise, and keeping the home smoke-free.
Providing post-stroke care for your loved one is likely a priority, but other responsibilities may prevent you from being there as often as he or she may need to stay safe and healthy. If your loved one has experienced a stroke and needs hourly or live-in care services, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of stroke care in Fort Myers. Our caregivers can help with physical, cognitive, and speech therapy exercises and provide companionship to minimize your loved one’s risk of depression, loneliness, or isolation. For more information on stroke care or our other senior care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 239.449.4701 to schedule a free in-home consultation.