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On the Road to Recovery: Tips to Follow After a Stroke
May 9, 2017 by Lulu Jensen
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is compromised. It can happen to anyone at any time, but is most common among seniors. If your loved ones have had a stroke they should follow a rehabilitation plan that is designed to help them reduce the risk of another stroke and regain their strength. Any rehabilitation plans should be discussed with their doctor before starting.
After your loved one has a stroke you can be very scared for them; they may not have the strength and independence they once had. But they may regain some, or all of it back by following some stroke recovery tips.
- Occupational Therapy: After a stroke your loved ones may forget or have difficulty in being able to do simple tasks like getting dressed. Occupational therapy can help seniors relearn these motor skills.
- Diet: Depending on the cause of your loved ones’ stroke, their doctor may order a special diet, such as low sodium or heart healthy to help reduce their risk of having another stroke. Before your loved one makes dietary changes have them consult their doctor. Eating well will always have a healthy impact on your loved one’s health. Changing their diet to a low sodium and heart healthy can reduce their risk of having another stroke.
- Physical Activity: Participating in doctor approved low-impact exercise may also help seniors reduce their risk of having a second stroke. Some low-impact exercises include walking, gardening, and Tai Chi. Doctors may also suggest physical therapy after a stroke. Always check with the physician before beginning any exercise program.
- Limit Stress: High stress levels may have a negative impact on seniors, including a negative impact on recovering from a stroke. Living a relaxing and stress free life can help reduce the risk of another stroke in your loved one’s life. Limiting stress can be done by listening to music, talking to a therapist, or many other stress free activities.
- Speech Therapy: When a stroke occurs it interrupts the blood flow to part of the brain. Within minutes of this blood cells can begin to die and sometimes it can affect the speech or language of your loved one. Speech therapy can help rebuilt their communication skills after a stroke.
Comfort Keepers® in Anchorage Can Lend a Helping Hand
At Comfort Keepers®, we understand that you can’t always be there for your loved ones—especially around the clock. That’s where we can help. Our compassionate, professional in-home caregivers can provide your loved ones with around the clock care to assist with their recovery after a stroke. From light housekeeping to meal preparation, our caregivers provide your loved ones with the essentials they need to live safe, independent lives.
For more information regarding how our Comfort Keepers® can help your loved ones recover after a stroke, or just to learn more about our unique in-home care, call us at (907) 885-0186 or click here.