A Stroke May be Minor, but Senior Care is Still Essential

Posted: 7/21/2015 1:37 PM by Interim HealthCare
Senior Care by Interim HealthCare

When your aging mother was hospitalized following the stroke, you probably had a number of questions running through your mind. During those first several hours after you receive the phone call, it can be incredibly stressful worrying about what may have happened, how severe the stroke might have been, and what may become of your mother now. By the time the doctors came out to talk to you and the other family members there at the hospital, you were relieved to hear the words ‘minor’ with regard to this stroke.

The doctor still told you your mother was going to require a recovery period at home and some level of assistance on a regular basis. He was referring to senior care.

When your mother was finally discharged from the hospital, she was able to get around on her own, but with assistance. You decided to take a leave of absence from work to be there for her for two months, and figured by the end of that two months she would be up and walking again on her own.

You know your mother or anyone else in the family really hadn’t thought much about the physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, or visiting nurse. You certainly didn’t consider a home care aide because you were going to be there with her around-the-clock. In truth, senior care can be incredibly important for people of all ages when they have some type of medical emergency, including a stroke that may be defined as minor.

Experienced senior care service providers can support elderly clients in ways family members don’t realize or understand of the moment. Just because you may have an emotional and personal connection with your elderly mother, that doesn’t mean you are the most qualified, necessarily, to be caring for her and helping her recover from this stroke.

For example, many family members encourage their loved ones to ‘take it easy’ and not overexert themselves. By taking it easy, your mother may not be getting exercise she needs to make a full recovery.

Even though the stroke was defined as minor and she was expected to make a full recovery, getting the right level of support maximizes her chances of making a full and healthy recovery and getting back to the life she knew before. Consider professional senior home services to help support your mother after this stroke. You can still be there for her and provide care in your own way, but a professional caregiver will usually have the experience to maximize the entire recovery process.

If you have an aging loved one in need of senior care services contact Interim HealthCare today.