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How to Care for a Senior Post-Stroke

By Carol White, 9:00 am on

Stroke recovery largely depends on the extent of the brain injury and the length of time before treatment begins, but seniors who have experienced a stroke need an organized and dedicated caregiver no matter the extent of recovery. The staff at Home Care Assistance Prescott offers these tips on how to help care for your senior loved one post-stroke.

Follow the Doctor’s Advice

During the early stages of recovery, seniors should visit their neurologists once every six weeks to see if any changes need to be made in the care process. Complying with follow-up appointments can ensure your loved one’s health issues and medication needs are addressed appropriately.

Reorganize Your Loved One’s Home

Seniors who have experienced strokes can beprone to falls and may not even be able to make it upstairs. Your loved one’s home may need some slight modifications to comfortably accommodate him or her. Adding grab bars in the shower to assist with balance or even moving the bedroom downstairs if necessary can help prevent your loved one from straining or injuries.

Schedule Regular Blood Tests

Your loved one may receive anticoagulants to help prevent blood clots and facilitate a quicker recovery. Seniors with low blood flow to the brain may experience a stroke again, but regular blood tests can help determine if your loved one’s flow is normal.

Implement a Healthy Diet

Eating the right food can help your loved one control high blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risk of having another stroke. Avoiding foods high in saturated fat and trans fat such as butter, cheese, and red meat, and foods high in sodium such as salted nuts or cured meats is recommended

Spend Time with Your Loved One

Having a stroke can leave your loved one feeling isolated and alone, which can raise blood pressure and increase risk of dementia, but you can help him or her avoid these feelings by spending some quality time together. Caregivers can provide the emotional support and companionship seniors may need post-stroke.

Since quality care is key to a smooth recovery, make sure your loved one has the right support system for preventing future strokes. To learn more about stroke care in Prescott, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are expertly trained in a holistic approach to senior health and wellness known as the Balanced Care Method, which includes regular physical activity, healthy eating, socialization, and mental acuity. Call Prescott Home Care Assistance today at 928-771-0105. Our Care Managers are available 24/7 to help you find the right care solution for your senior loved one.

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