Seniors who are recovering from a stroke at home may need home care for awhile to help them around the house and help them work on their recovery exercises. But, with home care and the support of family members seniors often can show rapid improvement after a stroke when they can recover in the comfort of their familiar home. Some of the things that seniors who have had a stroke should be doing to recover at home include:
“Use it or lose it” is good advice for seniors after a stroke. It’s essential that seniors do daily exercise to hang onto their muscle strength after a stroke. If your senior loved one can easily move around then doing simple exercise like walking is strongly recommended. If your senior can’t easily get around there are other exercises that they can do to help maintain or even build muscle strength while they recover. Even just ten or 15 minutes of daily exercise can dramatically improve your senior loved one’s ability to recover. You can talk with your senior loved one’s doctor about what types of exercise they will be able to comfortably do.
Overhauling Their Diet
Once seniors have had a stroke they will need to make some permanent changes to their diet and those changes will need to start right away. Fried foods, fatty foods, and red meal will all need to go. Or at least, they need to be eaten in very small amounts and not very often. Seniors should be eating a healthy diet that is mostly fresh vegetables, whole grains, and some fruits. The Mediterranean Diet is often recommended for seniors who have had a stroke. So is the DASH diet. Your senior loved one’s doctor can recommend the best diet for your senior parent, but you will need to make sure that they stick to whatever diet is recommended for them.
Getting Enough Sleep
Everyone needs to get restful sleep, but seniors who have had a stroke need more sleep. During sleep is when the brain repairs itself, cleans out the clogs, and gets back to normal functioning. Seniors who have had a stroke should be making it a priority to get as much restful sleep at night as they can. You can help your senior loved one get better sleep by having a 24-hour care provider with them at night and encouraging them to take naps during the day.
Following Rehab Recommendations
Your senior loved one will need physical rehabilitation after a stroke. The rehabilitation specialist will give your senior loved one a series of exercises to do at home that are designed to help your senior parent recover full function and maintain their muscle strength while they recover. It’s important for your senior loved one to follow these recommendations and do the exercises as often as they are told to do them. If you can’t be with your senior loved one every day to make sure that they are doing their exercises and following the recommended rehab plan then you may need home care for seniors to make sure that your senior parent is doing what they are supposed to do to help their recovery.