Care for Stroke Recovery

A trained Amada caregiver who understands what a senior recovering from a stroke is going through can help reduce the risks of reoccurence.

Caring for a senior loved one who suffered a stroke will challenge the strongest of families, as recovery can involve many variables, take years to achieve and come with many side effects and setbacks. Post-stroke depression is common, with 30 to 50 percent of senior patients experiencing this debilitating condition.

The personalized care provided by a trained Amada Senior Care caregiver can ease some of the stress that falls on family members as they consider options: Can the home be modified to meet their senior loved one’s new physical needs? How do they help their loved one effectively manage anti-stroke and other medications? What can be done to lessen stroke complications and prevent reoccurence?

Whether for a few hours a day or full-time, an Amada caregiver can help senior stroke patients navigate lifestyle changes, which might include dressing, bathing, exercising and other Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) that have become difficult. Then there’s the emotional support an Amada caregiver provides to ensure a smooth transition to in-home care while the stroke patient journeys through various stages of recovery and rehabilitation.

Because of their training, Amada caregivers:

• Know how important it is to reduce risks for stroke reoccurrence by helping the senior keep on schedule for prescribed medications, follow a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise.

• Are alert to physical and mental changes in their senior stroke clients, including any decline in their motor skills, speech or self-care habits, etc., and report these changes to their families.

• Understand the senior may experience sudden confusion, difficulty in speaking or an abrupt change in behavior or mood (like hysterical laughing or crying), since a stroke may make it difficult for patients to control their emotions. The senior stroke patient may speak with a slur or not be able to speak at all, or even become forgetful, careless, irritable, anxious or depressed.

• Know how to help senior patients avoid falls (a common occurence following a stroke) and how important it is to report both minor and serious falls to the family for possible treatment.

• Patiently communicate by using short and simple sentences (or even pictures) with senior patients who have developed aphasia, a disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language and makes it difficult to speak or find the right words.