How Home Care Helps after a STROKE

September 21, 2019

Home care specialists provide support and assistance as your loved one returns home after being hospitalized for a stroke.

 

How Home Care Helps a Stroke

 

What is Home Care?

 

Home care is a more personalized alternative to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It provides services such as personal care, homemaking, companionship and more to individuals living at home, so they can remain comfortable and independent for as long as possible.

 

Home Care vs Home Health

 

Home health is typically short-term medical services administered in the home to treat an illness or injury. This type of medical assistance is usually provided by a registered nurse, physical, occupational or speech therapist. Home care agencies are often requested to provide supplemental care as the patient transitions.

 

Who is a Good Candidate for Home Care?

 

Home care can be beneficial for individuals who are getting older, are chronically ill, are recovering from a surgery or are disabled. Perhaps your loved one needs assistance with day-to-day tasks but does not need to be in a nursing home or hospital. Home care could be the right fit for them.

 

What Types of Home Care Services Are Available?

 

Home care looks different for everyone. Each individual’s needs are unique, and home care can be tailored to fit those needs. Depending on what your loved one’s needs are, caregiving services can be available 24-hours a day or a few hours each week. Some of the services include:

 

Personal care:

 

  • Bathing, Grooming, Dressing

  • Toileting and Incontinence

  • Medication Reminders

  • Mobility Assistance

  • Re-positioning to Avoid Bedsores

  • Transportation to and from Medical Appointments

 

Homemaking:

 

  • Grocery Shopping, Cooking and Clean-up

  • Errands and Shopping

  • Transportation

  • Light Housekeeping, Laundry and Ironing

  • Changing Bed Linens

 

 

 

Companionship:

 

  • Conversation

  • Reading Aloud

  • Hobbies and Projects

  • Outings and Events

  • Morning Wake-Up & Evening Tuck-In

  • Assistance with Attending Religious Services

 

Home Care Interventions for Patients being discharged for Stroke

 

Research shows that 9% of individuals who have suffered from a stroke will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
While this number is low, there are still things that can be done to prevent a readmission.
Home care can help provide services so another trip to the hospital isn’t likely.

 

Our agency uses evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce the risk of readmission and promote the health of those who have recently had a stroke:

 

 

 

(source): www.strokeassociation.org

 

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