What Post-Stroke Seniors Need for Recovery

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There’s no doubt that strokes are life-changing for millions of elderly Americans each year. When the blood supply is blocked from the brain, the brain cells begin to die, which causes serious physical side effects. Elderly adults who survive a stroke are looking at months and even years to recover just some of their physical abilities. Family caregivers that want their aging loved one to be comfortable, safe and healthy while recovering at home from their stroke often turn to elderly care providers for help.

 

Home Care Services in Tamarac FL: Senior Post Stroke Recovery

Home Care Services in Tamarac FL: Senior Post Stroke Recovery

 

How Serious Are Strokes?

Considered a medical emergency even in its mildest form, strokes have a lasting effect on a person’s body. After-effects include muscle weakness, partial paralysis, reduced vision, fatigue, incontinence, poor balance, speech problems, memory problems, and chronic pain. Mild strokes may not cause permanent physical damage and most of the senior’s abilities may be recovered after months of therapy. Moderate to severe strokes leave permanent changes, although many abilities can be regained or adapted to with physical therapy and occupational therapy.

 

Loss of Independence in Most Cases

Because of the physical limitations of the body and mind after a stroke, elderly adults cannot live independently as they once did. They won’t be able to take care of their daily needs or run their house so that it is sanitary and safe. Family caregivers should step in and do what they can, but other responsibilities would mean that the aging adult is home by themselves a lot. Not only is this a detriment to recovery, but it can also be dangerous to their health and wellness.

 

Hiring Elderly Care Providers

With elderly care providers, aging adults can be cared for in their own home by professionals who are trained to assist seniors. The in-home care providers assist with daily self-care tasks such as bathing and showering safely. Seniors who need help with getting dressed find that it is faster and easier with help from an elderly care provider. For those who need assistance with grooming and toileting, it is more hygienic to get help from an elderly care provider.

Not only will aging adults need help in taking care of themselves, but their home also needs to be a safe and comfortable place for them to recover. Elderly care providers can do light housework and help with laundry to keep things clean and tidy. They can also do meal preparation, medication reminders, and the occasional errand to help the senior out. Above all, the elderly care provider becomes a companion to the aging adult, preventing loneliness and isolation.

Long-Term Care Options

There’s no such thing as a fast recovery from a stroke. Even the best cases usually take several months to achieve small results. Knowing that stroke recovery will require lots of in-home care, it makes sense for family caregivers to hire elderly care providers to help seniors recover at home. With hard work and a good support system, aging adults can make good progress in their recovery efforts after a stroke.

 

If you or a family member are in need of Home Care Services in Tamarac, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.