Though we generally associate strokes with old age, they are by no means limited to seniors. Almost 800,000 Americans suffer strokes each year, and younger and younger people are experiencing them as a result of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Strokes are fatal for around 130,000 people each year, and those who survive strokes usually end up with cognitive impairment and physical issues that impact their quality of life. That being said, there are many stroke survivors who make full recoveries and continue their lives with minor or zero long-term effects. This is great news!
Many times, we can end up feeling helpless in our bodies. This is no truer than when you have a stroke. Your body malfunctions and you’re left with the aftermath. Whether you have suffered a stroke or you’re trying to help a loved one recover from a stroke, you have more power than you think. There are many things you can do to regain the best independence and function going forward.
Recovery Can Take Place Home
After you suffer a stroke, the outcome depends on the severity of the stroke, the area of the brain affected, and how early treatment gets started. Therapy usually begins as soon as a stroke patient is medically stable. People may head home or go into a skilled nursing facility in around 24 to 48 hours after having a stroke. Rehabilitation must continue in order to get the best results. Stroke patients often attend outpatient therapy, including the following:
- Speech-language therapy helps patients learn to speak again and resolve any swallowing issues.
- Physical therapy addresses issues around balance, coordination, and movement.
- Occupational therapy empowers patients to relearn or create strategies for getting through daily living activities like walking, dressing, and eating.
- Mental health counseling supports the patient as he or she manages recovery and behavior changes that may have occurred due to the stroke.
Recovery from stroke is a challenging journey, and for many people, it is emotionally easier to do it at home. Home is familiar, comfortable, and you’re going to end up there at some point, so you might as well make your recovery in the place you live. Tackling recovery at home usually includes three main parts:
Home modifications that make daily life safer and easier.
- These can include handrails, grab bars, and furniture rearrangement. Justice Healthcare can easily evaluate your home for needed changes and make them in a way that respects your property and preferences.
Skilled care and rehab services.
- This involves bringing great care into the home, which is exactly what the Justice Healthcare Group does!
Nonmedical care in the home.
- These are things like meals, grocery shopping, and cleaning to keep home living both possible and pleasant.
Why Justice Healthcare is Your Best Choice
Justice Healthcare is proud to provide a full array of in-home nonmedical care that makes comfortable recoveries possible in Houston. We even offer special stroke recovery services. Here is a general outline of what we can do:
Assistance with ADLs
- We will be present to assist you or your loved one with grooming, bathing, using the toilet, and dressing. We are specifically trained to preserve the dignity of our clients during these processes, as we know it is a challenging time.
- Recovering from a stroke can leave a person feeling alone and marooned at home. This situation can lead to depression and discouragement about the recovery plan. We are here to help you fight that sense of isolation as well as give you the courage to follow your treatment plan. For instance, walking is very encouraged for stroke recovery. When you have a caregiver at your side, you don’t have to worry about falling.
- Recovery requires consistency and focus over a significant period of time. This is no easy feat on your own. Instead, our caregivers will provide encouragement and reminders to keep your recovery on track.
Relief and Support for Loved Ones
- Your loved ones will probably play a significant role in your recovery. However, they have their own lives to live, and taking care of a stroke survivor is hard work. A home health aide can provide universal relief by taking your recovery in-hand.
Turn to Justice Healthcare Group!
We are here to ensure that you can recover in the safety of your own home without having to return to the hospital. Contact us in Texas today!