Efforts to expedite in-home stroke recovery are largely about prevention. Not only is the goal of caregivers to help seniors regain lost functions and mobility, but they also have to work hard at limiting the risks of future strokes. The good news is there are a number of simple steps older adults and their loved ones can take to speed up the normal healing process and improve overall health.
Identify the Underlying Cause
It is important for stroke survivors and their caregivers to have a clear understanding of why these events have occurred. In many instances, untreated diabetes or hypertension are the underlying causes. Making all recommended dietary and lifestyle changes for regulating blood sugar or lowering blood pressure will not only prevent future strokes, but these efforts will also make the body more effective at healing itself.
Take Part in a Stroke Recovery Program
Stroke recovery programs include a range of individualized and integrated therapies that are designed to improve mobility, strengthen speech, and improve memory. When physical and cognitive changes are permanent, these programs can also help people find alternate ways of getting things done for increased independence. Stroke recovery programs add speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to the survivor’s recovery team.
Understand Insurance Coverage
It may be necessary to connect with social workers or case managers in order to learn more about which stroke-related medical services will be covered by the older adult’s insurance plan. Many insurance companies won’t immediately guarantee coverage for rehabilitative programs, but this doesn’t mean that in-home caregivers can’t appeal these decisions by advocating for the patient. Speech impairment and cognitive decline can make it difficult for stroke survivors to communicate with insurance companies and effectively advocate for themselves.
Consider Joining a Support Group
It is important for caregivers to think of the emotional wellbeing of their loved ones throughout recovery. This process can be frustrating and incredibly daunting. Support groups give stroke survivors and their loved ones the opportunity to bond, vent, share resources and exchange helpful tips and advice. Participating in these groups can strengthen a person’s resolve and make him or her more motivated to take a positive and proactive role in the recovery process.
Increase Home Safety
Another major part of stroke recovery and prevention is increasing home safety. Changes in a stroke survivor’s gait and overall mobility can result in a marked increase in fall risk and the need to remove trip and fall hazards throughout the living environment. Caregivers should clear walkways of clutter, secure floor mats and area rugs, and make sure there is adequate space between furnishings for maneuvering, especially if a walker or cane is being used.
With the right support, meeting the care needs of your elderly loved one post-stroke will feel more manageable. Find the resources you need to help your loved one and yourself by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Omaha at 402-763-9140. Our expertly trained caregivers can assist your loved one around the home, cook, clean, provide mobility support and transportation, offer emotional support and companionship, and provide respite care when family caregivers need a break. Call us today or visit our website http://www.homecareassistanceomaha.com/ to learn more about our services.