A stroke can be a life changing event both for the one who suffers the stroke, and for their families. Strokes can mean physical and cognitive impairment. Full recovery takes time and perseverance. For this reason, families often opt to care for their loved ones at home.
Rehabilitation therapy usually starts as soon as the patient’s condition is stable. When it’s time for the patient to be discharged, a plan for continuing rehabilitation and care will be worked out by a hospital social worker.
When a stroke survivor is home, in-home caregiving services are sometimes needed to assist with the following:
- Supporting quality of life
- Promoting health and safety
- Helping with household management
- Providing physical assistance when needed
- Respite care for family members
Along with these in-home care services, there may be some changes that need to be made to the home environment. Things like handrails in stairways, a raised toilet seat and grab bars in the bathroom are all a good start. It may also be necessary to confine their living space to the first story of the home.
Being the caregiver for a stroke survivor is difficult. It takes a huge commitment and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. With all the stress and worry involved, caregivers can put their own health at risk.
Local resources may be available to help both the stroke survivors and the family member. For example:
- The Stroke Support Association has free weekly support meetings for stroke survivors and caregivers in separate groups on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. in Long Beach. Often the meetings are preceded by an informative stroke-related presentation.
- Torrance Memorial holds stroke education and support sessions on the first Wednesday morning of each month.
In-home caregiver service can be a lifesaver. The family can hire a caregiver temporarily to help with a patient’s short-term recovery, or they can make long-term arrangements that range anywhere from a few hours each week to full time or overnight care.
At A Peaceful Way Home Care in Rolling Hills Estates, in-home care givers can help to ease the families’ burdens as they care for their loved one. With quality caregivers, family resources, respite care, and help with coordination of other assistance such as RN care, A Peaceful Way Home Care can help you to provide in-home care for stroke survivors in the Palos Verdes area, Los Angeles South Bay, Long Beach and the surrounding areas.