At Home Care Assistance, we provide quality in home care for seniors who have suffered from a stroke. Our caregivers are specifically trained to recognize the signs of a stroke and also to help facilitate recovery. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke can be difficult in the elderly. Often times the signs are overlooked and may be confused with those of other conditions.
There are two major kinds of strokes. Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. In an Ischemic stroke, a blood vessel becomes blocked and can cause a portion of the brain to quit working. A Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain bursts and causes a certain portion of the brain to become deprived of oxygen and therefore stop functioning.
Another common type of stroke for seniors is the Transient Ischemic Attack. TIA’s are often called mini strokes. While symptoms are similar to a major stroke, they can disappear quickly. However, they could be a warning sign of a more traumatic future stroke. While the level of home care and treatment vary between the types of strokes, the symptoms are common and must each be treated immediately.
The following are symptoms of one or all of the above strokes:
- Sudden numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm, leg or face. Usually, focused on one side of the body.
- Sudden trouble speaking.
- Sudden vision changes.
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding.
- Sudden problems with balance.
- Severe headache.
A stroke usually happens quickly but could last several hours. Symptoms can worsen gradually and so it is important to pay attention to the above signs. Watchful waiting is not appropriate if you have signs of a stroke and could lead to serious complications. Emergency medical care should be contacted to prevent extensive damage to the brain.
The potential for having a stroke is a very frightening aspect of aging. A trained in home care giver who is able to recognize the symptoms and act quickly can provide comfort to the elderly and their loved ones and sometimes save lives. Call Home Care Assistance to learn more about our Stroke Professional Care.