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Living at Home After Stroke: Home Care Tips for Stroke-Survivors

Gilbert, AZ – Home Care Tips for Stroke Survivors

Having a stroke is life altering at any age, but many stroke-survivors are able to return to their homes. With the help of family and home care providers, stroke-survivors may better adapt to their new normal while remaining in the comfort of their own homes.  Leaving the hospital or rehab facility may seem scary because of so many changes. Hospital or rehab staff can help with assessing their needs before being sent home.

When assessing what survivors may need when they get home, consider the following:Home Care Gilbert AZ

Mobility and communication– Strokes can have a wide range of effects on these areas. Some may have one-sided weakness, while others may have language impairments like aphasia with no physical weakness.

Ability to perform self care tasks– Rehabilitation and occupational therapy should be focusing on such tasks. They will also be able to provide guidance on needs and continued skills to practice in the home. Inability to perform all self care tasks doesn’t mean that a survivor can’t remain in the home, but it is a strong sign that home care services may be necessary.

Ability to follow advice from medical professionals– It’s important to be able to comprehend and follow medical advice as well as follow medication instructions. Home care providers can ensure your loved one is compliant with medical orders.

Availability of a family caregiver and/or home care provider– Professional home care services can be used full-time or part-time, depending on the availability of the family caregiver.

Friendly Living Space-Determine what changes need to be made in the home to make it comfortable and safe for your loved one, while still keeping his or her independence in mind.  When thinking about safety, consider the following:

  • Remove any obvious dangers or obstacles in the home.
  • Make sure the house is accessible.  A ramp can be installed for safer entrances and exits.
  • Look at the bathroom and install rails as needed in the bathtub/shower or by toilet.

Speech and occupational therapists from the hospital or rehabilitation facility can be a part of home care planning. Involving ancillary therapeutic services like music therapy can also be very beneficial. It has been shown to be especially helpful to stroke-survivors with aphasia.  The American Music Therapy Association has published multiple journal articles featuring the results of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) with stroke patients. Check with the insurance company to see if these services are covered.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.