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June is American Stoke Awareness Month: How Respite Care Can Help Survivors & Families

Jun 16, 2017 by Doug Stark

Did you know that stroke is the number 5 cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability? (http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/) The causes of stroke, especially in the elderly, are many and can vary greatly. Survivors of stroke often face long-term physical, auditory, and occupational therapy. Professional respite care can assist primary family caregivers in providing stroke recovery care.

Because stroke is such a prevalent disease, the American Stroke Association has dedicated the month of June to promoting awareness and education about preventing and recovering from the effects of stroke. Learn how you can prevent stroke, the warning signs of stroke, and recovery assistance options available for seniors and their families.

What is a stroke and what are the warning signs?

A stroke is a disease the affects the arteries leading into and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is blocked, causing brain cells to die. There are many types of strokes and seniors and their loved ones should always consult with a medical professional to fully understand the individual risk for and symptoms of stroke.

Recognizing that person is experiencing a stroke and immediately calling can save a person's life. Use FAST to spot the signs of stroke and know when to call 9-1-1:

F – Face drooping: one side of the face is drooping, appears uneven or is numb

A – Arm weakness: one arm is numb, weak, or drifts downward

S – Speech difficulty: speech is slurred or difficult to understand

T – Time to call 9-1-1: If someone is showing any of these symptoms, call for emergency medical help immediately

Recovering from Stroke

For stroke survivors, recovering from the injury to the brain and body requires long-term care. Family caregivers often help loved ones get around the house, get to doctor’s appointments, and take medications following a stroke. Respite care gives family caregivers a break and allows them to focus on spending quality time with loved one.

A respite care professional can help stroke survivors do at-home therapy while keeping them safe and secure. Families who have a senior loved one recovering from a stroke should never feel alone. There are many types of in-home care, from part-time respite care to 24-hour nursing care, that can help speed up recovery and keep seniors safe.

 

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