Managing life at home is an important part of stroke recovery

Posted on February 19, 2013

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Physical and Occupational Therapists are an important part of  a stroke recovery.

Physical and Occupational Therapists are an important part of a stroke recovery.

Managing care at home is critical for stroke recovery.  For example, forty percent (40%) of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes.

The National Stroke Association says that “rehabilitation is a lifetime commitment and an important part of recovering from a stroke.  Through rehabilitation, you relearn basic skills such as talking, eating, dressing and walking.  Rehabilitation can also improve your strength, flexibility and endurance.  The goal is to regain as much independence as possible.”

If you are caring for someone recovering from a stroke remember that in-home caregivers and family members can play a prominent role throughout the recovery process.  Having good in-home care can be essential to successful recovery.  The family needs to know that caring for a stroke survivor at home can cause high levels of emotional, mental and physical stress.  Families and patient struggle to work through emotional distress, the disruption of employment and family life and this makes caregiving very challenging.

We all know that family caregivers can promote a health recovery environment but  they need to care for themselves as well. Respite care is important.If you need respite care reach out to community organizations or BrightStar for help.

Realize that You are not alone.

BrightStar caregivers and RNs can, among other things:

  • Assist with doctor’s appointments, medications, and exercises.
  • Manage transportation.
  • Provide the stroke survivor with physical, mental and emotional support.
  • Assist the stroke survivor with daily activities such as personal care and hygiene.
  • Help the stroke survivor maintain a routine that involves being engaged with others.
  • Plan out the stroke survivor’s care, including setting routines and managing the care team.
  • Assess stroke survivor’s medical needs, communicate with healthcare professionals and advocate (medically) for the stroke survivor.

BrightStar provides quality non-medical and medical care that enables seniors and others in need to live happier and healthier lives at home. Our elder care services are distinguished by the caliber of our in home caregivers, our dedicated staff.  We can provide care for an hour or you can leverage our expertise in live-In care. We understand the evolving needs of older adults and focus have a broad range of services to accommodate any client needs.

  • Many agencies shy away from the demands of around the clock care to help seniors live well at home.  We can provide non-medical or medical care around the clock.
  • We are available 24/7:  Care managers are on call for clients and their families, even during nights and weekends.
  • High quality caregivers:  We hire only 1 in 10 applicants and provide ongoing training and supervision.  We do background checks and drug tests on every candidate.
  • We understand the broad range of needs that come with an aging body.  We work to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit.
  • No Long Term Contracts.  You only use us as long as you are satisfied with our services.
  • You will be happy.  Our independent survey firm says that over 9 out of 10 of our clients would refer us to friends and family.

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