How Home Care Helps after a Stroke


Home care specialists provide support and assistance as your loved one returns home after being hospitalized for a stroke.


What is Home Care? Home care is a more personalized alternative to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It provides services such as personal care, homemaking, companionship and more to individuals living at home, so they can remain comfortable and independent for as long as possible.


Home Care vs Home Health Care


Home health care is typically short-term medical services administered in the home to treat an illness or injury. This type of medical assistance is usually provided by a registered nurse, physical, occupational or speech therapist. Home care is often requested to provide supplemental care as the patient transitions.


Who is a Good Candidate for Home Care?


Home care can be beneficial for individuals who are getting older, are chronically ill, are recovering from a surgery or are disabled. Perhaps your loved one needs assistance with day-to-day tasks but does not need to be in a nursing home or hospital. Home care could be the right fit for them.


What Types of Home Care Services Are Available?


Home care looks different for everyone. Each individual’s needs are unique, and home care can be tailored to fit those needs. Depending on what your loved one’s needs are, caregiving services can be available 24-hours a day or a few hours each week.


Some of the services include:


Personal care:


  • Bathing, Grooming, Dressing
  • Toileting and Incontinence
  • Medication Reminders
  • Mobility Assistance
  • Repositioning to Avoid Bedsores

Homemaking:


  • Grocery Shopping, Cooking and Clean-up
  • Errands and Shopping
  • Light Housekeeping, Laundry and Ironing
  • Changing Bed Linens
  • Pet and Plant Care

Companionship:


  • Conversation
  • Reading Aloud
  • Hobbies and Projects
  • Outings and Events
  • Morning Wake-Up & Evening Tuck-In

The Importance of Home Care


Home care is a valuable option for an individual who desires to maintain their independence and continue their life in the comfort of their home. A study done by the AARP showed that 90% of individuals over age 65 want to stay at home as long as possible.



Home Care Interventions for Patients being discharged for Stroke


Research shows that 9% of individuals who have suffered from a stroke will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)


While this number is low, there are still things that can be done to prevent a readmission. Home care can help provide services so another trip to the hospital isn’t likely. We use evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce the risk of readmission and promote the health of those who have recently had a heart attack:


–Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation is one of the most important parts of recovery for stroke survivors. Stroke rehabilitation helps to build strength and capability so stroke survivors can continue with daily activities. A home caregiver can provide transportation to and from rehabilitation to make sure stroke survivors are relearning what they need in order to become independent.

(source): www.strokeassociation.org


–Fatigue


Individuals who have suffered from a stroke will likely have a decrease in energy and experience fatigue. Fatigue often occurs without warning and makes it difficult to do everyday routine activities. Home care specialists can help by assisting with light housekeeping, changing linens, lifting heavy items, and meal prep and planning. Caregivers can get work around the house done so stroke survivors can rest easy.

(source): www.strokeassociation.org


–Personal Care


Stroke survivors may have difficulty with fine motor skills that can make simple tasks like dressing, grooming, bathing and bathroom trips difficult. Caregivers can help assist with these tasks so stroke patients don’t get frustrated at the difficulty of them. Caregivers can help with personal care so individuals are taken care of.

(source): www.strokeassociation.org


Impact of Home Care for Outcomes for Seniors


1. Cost Home-care services are more affordable than assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

2. Families Families have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are are getting the care they need.

3. Quality of Life Aging individuals desire is to remain at home.

4. Health Individuals will have increased longevity due to more personalized care.


Whether you are looking for a reliable nurse for different medical services, or a professional aide for personal care services, Gulfshore Home Care is here to help.  Because every client’s needs and lifestyle are different, our in-home care team will provide services specifically based on your loved one’s condition and circumstances.


We are located in the areas of Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, and Marco Island.  Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 239-249-8318


With our home health care services you will be able to live a happy, safe, and independent life. We invite you read more about us.   Every situation is unique, so to have all of your specific questions answered with personalized information from a friendly local home care expert, call 239-249-8318 now!