After a senior has a stroke and is beginning the rehabilitation process, returning home to family and friends can provide him or her with the support, assistance, and encouragement needed for a safe recovery. While basic home modifications for mobility are essential to helping someone recover from a stroke, family members should use the following tips to ensure their elderly loved one is as safe as possible at all times.
Assist with Grocery Shopping
One of the lesser-known negative effects of a stroke is the elderly person’s ability to eat. He or she will likely have trouble swallowing solid food and will need help following a healthy diet to reduce the risk of secondary stroke. If you provide hourly or live-in care for a senior stroke survivor, head to your local grocery store and purchase items that are very soft or come in liquid form, such as specialized protein milkshakes, which are full of nutrients, fruits and vegetable juices, apple sauce, yogurt, and more.
Note Any Change in Psychological Behavior
Stroke survivors, regardless of age, often experience lengthy bouts of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and other psychological issues. While it’s normal to experience changes in behavior, significant negative lifestyle changes and episodes of depression that last for an extended period of time are signs of major psychological problems. Spend as much free time as you have with your elderly loved one and monitor mood swings and behavior. If anything seems out of place, contact a health professional immediately.
Provide Regular Medication Reminders
It is estimated that roughly 43 percent of stroke survivors will experience a second stroke within the five years following its first occurrence. While preventative medications are prescribed to stroke survivors, elderly patients often forget to take their medication on time, if at all. Medication that is commonly prescribed by doctors for stroke survivors include anti-hypertensive prescriptions, vitamins, and anti-thrombotics. Because a steady regimen of doctor-prescribed medications statistically reduces the risk of a second stroke occurrence by up to 80 percent, it is extremely important to remind stroke survivors to take their medications at the proper time or to hire an in-home caregiver in Palm Beach who can provide reminders in accordance with doctor recommendations.
Have other questions about caring for a senior stroke survivor? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County and learn more about our custom hourly and live-in stroke care plans. Home Care Assistance is a trusted Palm Beach stroke care provider and our Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer questions and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Call 561.429.8292.