You never know when a stroke will occur, but in a moment’s notice, life is dramatically changed for both your loved one and you. Because stroke is so unpredictable, everyone should know the symptoms of a stroke for quick medical intervention and understand the lifestyle factors that contribute to your risk.
This brain injury occurs after blood flow to the brain is disrupted for any reason, which is why it is important to get the right treatment at the right time to prevent as much brain damage as possible. According to the National Stroke Association, 87 percent of strokes are ischemic (caused by a blood clot) and 13 percent are hemorrhagic (caused by a bleed into the brain).
Managing your lifestyle after stroke may come with challenges, but appropriate rehabilitation can ease some of your burdens. Nearly 40 percent of stroke survivors experience serious falls within a year of their stroke due to balance issues. Use these tips to help prevent falls after a stroke:
- Follow your therapy team’s recommendations about activity limitations and adjustments
- Strengthen leg muscles and balance through exercise
- Wear flat, wide toed shoes
- Eat calcium-rich foods or supplements to increase bone strength
- Take medication as directed and monitor for side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness
- Clear walking path of furniture in your home
- Remove loose rugs in the home to avoid tripping
- Consider home modifications such as handles or raised seats to assist in balance
The warning signs of stroke are something each person should learn and be able to recognize. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has created a F.A.S.T. acronym to raise stroke awareness:
- Face drooping
- Arm weakness
- Slurred speech
- Time to call 911
Immediately following a stroke, your loved one may feel that learning to talk, swallow, use arms or walk again seem out of reach. But stroke recovery is possible.
At a traditional hospital, the main goal is to stabilize your loved one’s condition so he or she can begin the road to recovery. Following that, whether your loved one receives care in one of our transitional care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals or at home, we can help you set goals for your recovery, focus on your progress and achieve those milestones on a daily basis so you can achieve the highest level of independence possible.
To do this, our expert team of medical professionals works with your loved one and you to help physically, mentally and emotionally. Stroke recovery with us includes:
- An individualized plan of care for your specific needs
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy available up to seven days a week
- Healthy lifestyle programs such as nutrition assessments, smoking cessation, stress and weight reduction
- A progressive exercise regimen tailored to fit your abilities
- On-site case management
- Patient and family education
You and your loved one are an important part of the care team. You can help motivate your loved one to commit to the treatment, attend all scheduled therapy sessions and consistently complete any exercises assigned. At times, there may be challenges during the recovery process, and this is where you can contribute the most by helping your loved one keep a positive attitude.
We are a proud partner of the American Stroke Association, and we offer services to help you recover from stroke, hemorrhaging stroke and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) in the following care settings: