As a child of a stroke patient, it?s difficult to watch your mother or father dealing with the consequences of aging, including the after-effects of a stroke. However, there are many steps that you can take to ensure that your parent leads a fulfilling life, even after experiencing a stroke.
In Part 1, we discussed the medical and health components of caring for a stroke patient. Here, we talk about what it takes to deliver effective home health care in Maryland, as well as some everyday challenges you may face when caring for your parent.
Driving & Transportation
The ability to drive is an integral part of living independently. However, stroke patients commonly experience vision changes, impaired judgment, hemispatial neglect, and even post-stroke seizures. All of these symptoms can lead to danger on the road. Therefore, it?s important to ask a physical or occupational therapist to assess your parent for driving. If they aren?t cleared, it may be up to you to enforce this restriction. In this case, you could pre-pay for a driver or even show them how much they could save by using public transportation when running errands or attending appointments. Home health care services can also help with your parent?s inability to drive.
Safety at Home
Strokes can lead to balance problems, strength issues, and weakness on one side of the body. Therefore, it?s important to remind your parent not to take on strenuous or dangerous activities, such as carrying heavy loads upstairs or standing on a chair to change the lightbulb. When possible, a one-story house is a significant benefit to stroke patients.
After their stroke, your parent may be less attentive to details. A great way to support them without stepping on their independence is to set up automatic billing and email notifications, allowing them to stay on top of their finances with less effort.
If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out for details about home health care in Maryland and more advice for taking care of your mom or dad after a stroke.