Whether you have been caring for your elderly loved one for some time or you are just getting started on your caregiver journey with them, one issue that you are likely to have heard a considerable amount about during the course of your care efforts for them is stroke. A frightening experience both for your elderly loved one and for you, stroke can occur very quickly and can result in consequences that have lingering impact for the rest of your parent’s life. Understanding this condition is an important step in raising your own awareness so that you are able to give your parent the care that they need to help reduce the risk of them experiencing a stroke, or into the future if they experience one during their later years.
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this condition and the care that you can give to your senior loved one as they age in place.
Some things that you should know about stroke include:
• Each year more than 795,000 people throughout the United States suffers a stroke
• Of these, approximately 610,000 strokes are the first stroke that the person has experiences
• Approximately 185,000 strokes suffered each year in the United States occur in people who have already had a stroke at some point
• This number accounts for approximately 25 percent of strokes, or 1 in every 4 strokes
• Approximately 87 percent of strokes suffered are ischemic strokes, which are characterized by the blood flow to the brain being blocked
• Stroke is the leading cause of disability with long-term impact throughout the United States
• Stroke reduces mobility in approximately 50 percent of stroke survivors over the age of 64
• Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the nation
• It is estimated that only 38 percent of people are aware of all of the major symptoms of a stroke and know how to respond properly
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way for you to help your parent achieve and maintain a higher quality of life as they age in place. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a schedule that is right for your them, ensuring that they get all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while also making sure that you remain at the forefront of their care routine. This means that they are able to give your loved one a personalized set of services tailored to their individual needs, challenges, and limitations to help them manage these in the way that is right for them while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence, activity, and engagement as possible. If your elderly parent is at increased risk of suffering a stroke or has recently experienced such a medical emergency, this care can be particularly beneficial. Through offering reminders to help your parent stay compliant with their medications, treatments, and guidelines, and helping them to make good lifestyle choices, this care can help your parent to remain healthier throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elder care in Medford, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.