Stroke or Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) is caused when the blood supply in the brain is cut off suddenly by a clot or ruptured vessel. Without blood, part of the brain gets no oxygen. This causes brain cells to die causing physical changes such as hemiparesis or weakness on one side of the body, hemiplegia or paralysis on one side of the body depending on which side of the brain is affected.
HOW DOES HOME CARE HELP STROKE SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES?
Stroke symptoms can be from mild to severe and varies with each experience, depending on which side of the brain is affected. Seniors may suffer from loss of sensations, loss of bowel or bladder control, confusion, memory loss, loss of cognitive abilities and emotional liability (laughing or crying without any reason). Family members often fear that a second stroke may happen and recovery at home is a challenge.
We understand the best place to recuperate is your own home. It is the best place to be.
At RIGHT ACCORD, our A-Team of caregivers promote restorative and rehabilitative care to stroke survivors by:
- Supporting physical therapy and occupational therapy by assisting clients to perform exercises
- Ensuring range of motion exercises to help strengthen muscles and keep joints mobile and improve circulation
- Caregivers assist Speech Therapists with clients who’ve suffered from speech loss by helping to recognize written words or to speak words
- Use of verbal and non-verbal communication and letting clients know you have confidence in his or her abilities through smiles, touches, and gestures.
- Monitoring home safety and removing any hazards from the home
- Always checking proper body alignment; sometimes client is unaware when an arm or leg is caught some place.
- Assisting with transfers or walking