Home care for stroke patients focuses on rehabilitation, so you or a loved one can make a full recovery and regain independence.
Taking Care of Stroke Patients
A stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to the brain because of a blockage or the rupture of a brain artery. When brain cells stop receiving blood, they die, often leading to cognitive and physical impairment.
Even so, full recovery from a stroke is possible, provided your loved one receives the appropriate care. Home care after a stroke includes adapting the home to accommodate any medical equipment (walker, wheelchair, etc.), adhering to a schedule for medications and following up with medical visits and testing, maintaining a healthy diet, and much more.
In-Home Care Services for Stroke Victims
Stroke home care involves a wide range of services, from personal care to light housekeeping. Most victims who have suffered a stroke would benefit from in-home care, such as help with daily activities (bathing, dressing, etc.), medication reminders, laundry, meal planning, and transportation.
Caring for a stroke patient usually requires the coordination of care across many specialties. In addition to non-medical home care, coordination is often needed with skilled nurses, physical and/or occupational therapists, speech-language therapists, mental health counselors, and others. A LivHOME care manager is trained to help with the scheduling and coordination of care so your loved one can focus on their recovery.
Assistance with activities of daily living
While recovering from a stroke, your loved one may need assistance with personal care activities, such as eating, bathing and hygiene, dressing, grooming, transferring and mobility, and toileting and continence. LivHOME personal care attendants are trained to help with these tasks, while also honoring your loved one’s preferences and unique circumstances.
Housekeeping and meal preparation
LivHOME caregivers can provide light housekeeping and other domestic services so that as your loved one recovers from their stroke, they can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from living in a clean, safe, and well-organized home. Our caregivers can also shop for groceries and prepare nutritious meals, adhering to any new dietary restrictions. What’s more, having a caregiver present at meals can provide an added layer of safety and encouragement for those who may be facing eating or swallowing difficulties after stroke.
Companionship and socialization
Companionship and socialization are vital to rehabilitation after a stroke. A LivHOME caregiver can encourage your loved one to stay on track with their treatment plan while helping to ward off the loneliness, isolation, and inactivity that all too often leads to post-stroke depression.
Transportation to appointments
Rehabilitating after a stroke at home typically involves not only scheduling, but also traveling to and from a number of different appointments. A care manager can help manage your loved one’s appointment calendar, as well as provide safe and comfortable transportation to and from doctor’s offices, the pharmacy, etc.
Home Care for a Stroke after Hospital Discharge
Home care management of stroke patients should start immediately after a discharge from the hospital. In fact, studies have shown that the first 72 hours after returning home from the hospital are the most critical in beginning a successful road to recovery. LivHOME specializes in home care after hospital discharge, and we understand that returning home can be stressful and confusing for the entire family.
Planning for Hospital Discharge
After a stroke, it’s likely that your loved one will not be able to leave the hospital and immediately return to their daily routines. LivHOME can help you understand the discharge process, explain which services may be needed at home, arrange transportation from the hospital, and work with other healthcare providers to coordinate your loved one’s recovery care at home.
Our care managers can coach you and your loved one through the discharge process, helping with decision making and facilitating access to all needed services.