Home Care for Stroke Patients

Seeing an elderly loved one brought down by a stroke does give people a certain sense of mortality. Statistics have shown that stroke is the leading cause of death among Americans, with 130,000 fatalities recorded every year. Even if your loved one survived the episode, you need effective assisted living strategies to care for them during the recovery phase.

While your loved one is still in hospital and has not yet been deemed safe for home recovery, you can consult an assisted living expert about making the necessary changes to your home. For example, bathrooms must have non-slip surfaces and handles near the toilet, while furniture should be rearranged or removed to free up space for wheelchairs or walkers. All the necessary arrangements must be completed before the patient is discharged from the hospital.

A private caregiving service can assign a carer to look after your loved one. An in-depth consultation may be needed to identify the best candidate for the job. A strong carer-patient bond can help make hygiene-related tasks such as taking a bath or dressing up less difficult.

Meanwhile, close coordination with a healthcare practitioner is vital during an emergency. The family should, therefore, have on hand important contact numbers.

Stroke survivors deserve every option to recover from what could have been a terrible tragedy. In this regard, effective in-home care can help them get back on track.


What Frasier Crane Taught People about Senior Care

TV shows aren’t usually the best sources of life lessons, but popular and critically acclaimed sitcom Frasier was definitely an exception. Apart from the witty jokes, the touching relationship between the main character, Frasier Crane, and his aging father, Martin, charmed many viewers repeatedly and gave them a glimpse into the benefits of in-home senior care.

After landing a coveted radio gig and finding a posh pad, Frasier was convinced by his younger brother, Niles, to take their father in. A former cop who got shot in the hip while in the line of duty, Martin suffers from a permanent limp and requires a cane for mobility. The only way Frasier and Martin could make their living situation work was to hire a physical therapist, Daphne, who could also do household chores.

A lot of families with similar experiences can relate to this show. Busy professionals, after all, have to juggle various responsibilities and often barely have enough time to look after elderly parents. Having someone who can take on this task gives them a chance to fulfill their daily obligations and be able to spend quality time with their aging parents.

The services offered by in-home senior care specialists depend on the family’s needs. Some seniors merely need help with light household tasks like cleaning, laundry, and dish washing, as well as simple errands like picking up medications from the pharmacy. Others, however, require assistance with feeding and getting dressed.

Why Home Health Care is Necessary

As much as you’d like to care for your elderly parents for as long as possible, the reality is that you won’t always have the time to tend to their needs. Even if you did, it’s likely that the kind of care you can give them is insufficient or inappropriate. You can, perhaps, admit them to a nursing home, but that would mean having your parents deal with separating from their home and family.

An option you can consider is home health care. At the most basic, home health care providers are there to help your loved ones with their medications and therapies. Their services are especially helpful to those suffering from serious, degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Aside from that, home health care providers can also assist your parents in performing simple daily activities, such as bathing, cooking, and cleaning.

Home health care givers can also be expected to perform their duties with utmost respect and compassion for your loved ones. They understand what your parents are going through and will do everything they can to support them, both physically and emotionally. With the help of these professionals, your parents can benefit from well-rounded senior care without having to live out their last days away from the people and things they hold dear.

The Roles of a Caregiver

Reaching retirement age is a good time to start planning for assisted living. By looking into your options while you are still able, you can help your family help you when the need for constant care arrives. Among the options to consider is professional home care from trusted agencies. Instead of living in a seniors’ facility, home health caregivers can go to your house and provide you with the assistance you need for various activities.

Caregivers are trained to help with basic routines, such as eating, toileting, and bathing. They can also assist in routine household chores like laundry, dishwashing, and grocery shopping.  A caregiver’s job should not be confused or mistaken with that of a housekeeper,  however, since the latter normally doesn’t involve personal and medical assistance.

Besides helping you with your chores and daily activities, home health caregivers are also trained to provide the necessary medical assistance when you’re ill or injured. They can go with you on doctor’s appointments, and help make sure you take the needed medications at the right times.

Caregivers can also be great companions with whom you can spend quality time. They will be there to listen to your stories, or read books and letters with you. It is, therefore, important to find a caregiver you can trust and will feel comfortable with, while having the proper professional training and attitude for the job.