Helping A Family Member Return Home After A Stroke
Deciding on care for a loved one who has had a stroke can be a very stressful situation. Do they need 24-hour care at a live-in facility or are they able to return home? Rehabilitation can be a long and slow process, and most likely, even if they are able to live at home, the loved one will probably need some degree of help. Of course, you will need to speak with the medical professionals and your loved one to determine exactly what care they might need.
When choosing caregivers, be sure that potential helpers are thoroughly screened with an agency. You want to be sure that your caregiver has the appropriate training and background checks. Additionally, take the time to interview potential caregivers and make sure you feel good about their abilities and compatibility with your loved one.
ElderCaring, has thoroughly trained and checked caregivers who can provide help with the following tasks to keep your loved one living in their own home:
Dressing and personal hygiene: if your loved one now has physical limitations, it may be helpful to provide clothes that are easier to manage, such as shirts that don't go overhead, items that fasten in the front, elastic waists and slip-on shoes. If your loved one needs additional help, the professionals referred by ElderCaring can help with bathing and dressing, while maintaining your loved one's dignity and privacy.
Daily Tasks: it is important to emotional well-being for the loved one to continue to do whatever they can around the house. Although they may no longer be able to push the lawn mower, they may still enjoy some gardening. If they do need extra help, caregivers can help with laundry, cooking, cleaning and other daily activities.
Driving: it is very likely that your loved one will not immediately be able to drive after a stroke, however it is also likely that they will need to go to physical therapy. The caregivers referred by ElderCaring can help with making doctor's/therapy appointments and also drive and escort loved one to appointments and other errands.
Exercise and Therapy: in addition to physical therapy appointments, most stroke victims will need to practice therapy and other exercise at home. The professionals referred by ElderCaring can help with prescribed exercises, as well as keeping your loved one active by escorting them for short walks or pushing their wheelchair if necessary to ensure they have some time outside.
Social Activities and Routines: it's very common for stroke victims to experience depression and isolation, so it is very important to maintain social interaction and routines as much as possible. In addition to providing companionship at home, caregivers referred by ElderCaring can help your loved one continue to participate in normal activities such as church or other social gatherings.
Returning to their own home is usually a wish for many stroke victims. With a trusted caregiver, families can feel comfortable agreeing with this decision. Some of the most qualified and experienced caregivers are in the ElderCaring registry and they can provide a number of non-medical services to assist your loved one with daily activities, including social support, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, cleaning laundry and bed linens, dietary needs, medication reminders, or just a break for the family or primary caregiver.
Finding the best caregiver is important. The caregivers referred by ElderCaring provide quality home care services at an affordable all-inclusive rate. The hours and services are flexible and catered to your specific needs to ensure that your loved one can continue to live comfortably and independently for as long as possible.
ElderCaring is a family owned business operating since 2001 with locations in Washington D.C., Virginia and Southern California. Our company and the caregivers are setting a new standard of care in the Coachella Valley. Together we have raised the bar for “In-Home Care Services” and believe that the “ElderCaring Way” of doing business exceeds those of any other in-home care provider available.