Stroke Tips for Caregivers

Stroke Tips for Caregivers

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can not only save a life but also prevent irrevisable damage. A stroke is essentially a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain. Brain cells don’t survive without constant blood flow, which is why symptoms start quickly after the occlusion.

If you’re taking care of someone who has underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or high cholesterol, they are at a higher risk for a stroke. This means that you, as the caregiver, will need to know what to do should that emergency arise.

FAST: The acronym fast stands for face, arms, speech, and time. If you are caring for someone who suddenly becomes disoriented, ask them to smile- if they are having a stroke half or part of their face will droop. Likewise, if you ask the person to hold both arms in front of them, one arm will begin to fall due to a lack of motor control. Finally, t stands for time. If you notice symptoms of a stroke, act as quickly as possible and call 911.

Care After the Stroke

Not all strokes are alike. Some individuals who experience a stroke lose a lot of their ability to walk or speak while others lose only a little. Whatever the case, you’ll need to coordinate a plan with your doctor for extended care.

Speech and Swallowing Therapy: Some stroke victims need to relearn how to safely swallow food and how to speak. This type of training is often done by a speech-language pathologist.

Vision Rehabilitation: Strokes often lead to visual issues. An optometrist specializing in vision rehabilitation can help your loved one cope and optimize functional vision.

Orientation and Mobility: Depending on the extent of the damage, your loved one may regain some ability to move about the home or even outdoors with the proper training.

Caring for an elderly loved one is challenging, which is why Sutton In-Home Care is here to help. Whether your loved one has suffered a stroke or has other health conditions, our professionals can help ensure that they are safe so that you can take a much-deserved rest.

Brooke Sutton, President, RN

Brooke Sutton, owner of Sutton Home Care and a Springfield native, is a fully licensed Registered Nurse with over ten years experience in the healthcare field.

Brooke provides trusted home care services to numerous patients in the Springfield market which has earned her agency the reputation of being the premier home care agency in this area.
Brooke Sutton’s journey to the home care sector began while she was working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Behavioral Health.While at Lakeland, she learned and developed her skill working with psychiatric patients as well as patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Lakeland, Brooke worked as a Community Health Nurse for the Arc of the Ozarks providing home health care services to dual diagnosis patients living at home.Brooke has also worked in the Emergency Room setting which has given her the ability to recognize and communicate problems and potential issues before they arise.

Brooke and her husband Sean live in Springfield and have three children (Brett who is twelve, Karaline who is eight, and Henry who is four).Brooke is active in church and enjoys spending her free time at Table Rock Lake or with family and friends.

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