Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of adult disability – about 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, and nearly 130,000 Americans die from a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients, according to Mayo Clinic. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a severe medical emergency that requires immediate treatment, as early treatment can help minimize brain damage and potential complications.
Americans at risk for a stroke usually have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are ages 65 and older. If your senior parent was having a stroke, would you know the signs and symptoms? Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can prepare you to take action calmly and quickly, perhaps helping you save a life. Signs and symptoms of stroke include:
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or lack of coordination.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Severe headache with no known cause.
If you notice that your senior parent shows signs of a stroke – act F.A.S.T. and do the following:
- Face. Ask your parent to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- Arms. Ask your parent to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down, or is one arm unable to rise?
- Speech. Ask your parent to repeat a simple phrase – is their speech slurred or strange?
- Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1- immediately.
Recovery time after suffering from a stroke varies – it can take weeks, months or even years for a person to recover, and some may suffer from long-term or lifelong disabilities. After-stroke complications can include:
- Paralysis, weakness or both on one side of the body.
- Trouble with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment and memory.
- Problems understanding or forming speech.
- Trouble controlling or expressing emotions.
- Numbness or strange sensations.
- Pain in the hands and feet that worsens with movement and temperature changes.
- Trouble with chewing and swallowing.
- Problems with bladder and bowel control.
Stoke recovery can be difficult, strenuous and defeating. If a senior in your life suffers from a stroke and is hospitalized, stay proactive and call SYNERGY HomeCare Corona, Riverside or Anaheim Hills before they are discharged so that our home health caregivers can support your senior loved one through the long-term recovery process.
SYNERGY HomeCare Corona, Riverside and Anaheim Hills home health caregivers are experienced and trained to help your senior parent regain their health and independence. Our home caregivers provide hourly assistance to around-the-clock care to help:
- Provide companionship to your senior parent, helping calm anxiety, stress and depression common among stroke patients.
- Coordinate and schedule with doctors, therapists and specialists.
- Offer medication reminders.
- Provide transportation to various appointments.
- Report your senior parent’s health and progress.
- Assist with bathing, dressing and personal care.
- Help with housekeeping and meal preparation.
- Minimize and reduce the risk of falls and injury.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills
SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills is the name you can trust in Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Tustin, Santa Ana, Orange and Placentia for personal home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of Anaheim Hills is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at /agencies/ca/anaheim-hills/ca25 . The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 714- 706-1613 and [email protected].