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May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Research has shown that the goal of the majority of individuals is to age in place in the comfort and security of home. But what happens if your older loved one has a stroke? Is aging at home still a realistic goal?
What makes a home accessible?
The severity of a stroke determines how well your loved one can live in their home. Start with the very basics. Is the house designed for a wheelchair? If his home has multiple stories, you may need a stair lift to get from one floor to the next. Are ramps needed to get in and out of the house if the entrance door is not ground level? Are doorways wide enough to allow a wheelchair to get through? Renovations take time. If they take a few weeks to complete, you’ll need to determine an interim living plan.
What help is needed?
After a stroke, your loved one will undergo physical therapy. Some skills like talking, swallowing or walking may need to be learned again. Some of those skills may never return.
Most stroke patients tire easily and will need help with housekeeping, meal preparation or feeding while regaining use of their hand or arm. Many stroke victims need help with showers and personal grooming. Your loved one may experience seizures, have vision difficulties that require them to stop driving, or experience post stroke emotional changes that make them anxious, angry or more easily frustrated.
This may be the best time to consider extended or live-in care, especially when making the transition back home. If your older loved one is in an assisted living facility, care may also be required until they can progress with their recuperation. A carefully matched, heart-centered professional caregiver from Home Helpers not only helps with all their needed personal care but provides companionship and boosts their spirit to help combat the depression that often follows a stroke. One-on-one care can be extended as needed round the clock, totally customized and dedicated to their special needs.
The continuity of care a live-in caregiver provides may also be a good option and a major benefit for your older loved one. There are only two caregivers involved, and the warm emotional bonds formed with a carefully selected caregiver can truly help them thrive. With no shift changes during a day, this reliability and constancy can be very calming.
There are many additional advantages to live-in care. Cost savings can be considerable, as live-in care has a daily versus hourly fee. A caregiver needs five hours of uninterrupted sleep and eight hours total sleep for a good night’s rest. You get the security of 24-hour assistance but don’t pay for sleep time for the caregiver. Your older loved one stays in their home with the familiar belongings and surroundings they prefer, with the privacy and independence they desire.
We know that despite the passing years, each of our clients has a youthful spirit. Engaging that lets us share in the richness of their lives, both past and present. For a free in-home consultation to determine the care that is right for you, contact Home Helpers of Alpharetta today at (678) 430-8511.