Someone you love has had a stroke, and it leads to confusion and incredible stress for everyone. Reducing that confusion and stress is one way an in home assisted living agency helps.
Minimizes confusion and stress: Agencies have a wellspring of experience in stroke care and can help patients and their families adapt to a new way of living. In addition, stroke complications, both minor and major, are likely, and caregivers know what to look out for and how to react. That provides invaluable peace of mind and security.
The stroke likely affected a patient’s movement, language, memory, emotions and may continue to cause physical pain. Agencies know this and work with patients and their families to develop care plans and to prepare for any circumstance.
Help in the home: An in home assisted living agency in New York City can send caregivers to help with laundry, cleaning, cooking and other tasks. Depending on the severity of need, a caregiver can also assist in hygiene, dressing, following a medication schedule, monitoring vital signs and ensuring a patient is exercising properly. A nurse is also possible but costs more.
Respite and adult day care: If someone else is a stroke patient’s primary caregiver, an agency can provide respite or occasional care so the primary caregiver gets a break. Primary caregivers do their best work when they maintain healthy balances in their lives. Some agencies also partner with adult day care services that provide exercise, music, arts and socialization programs, as well as speech, physical and occupational therapy.
Helps ward off depression: Both a patient and his primary caregiver, if a loved one, are at higher risk of depression. Some patients may draw into themselves or become frustrated and lash out. In any case, a home caregiver can proactively act to ward off depression and recognizes the symptoms. Home caregivers act as a means of socialization in themselves and set up outings for stroke patients.
They help reduce depression in primary caregivers by acting as a sounding board and mentor, and providing respite care.