Uncategorized | May 24, 2018
Are You Aware of the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke?
Are you aware that a stroke must be treated quickly as a medical emergency to prevent disability or death? In support of American Stroke Awareness Month, we are offering information on strokes. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain becomes severely reduced, sometimes as a result of sudden arterial blockage and sometimes from brain tissue bleeding. The best news for those living in senior care is that strokes are often successfully treated and sometimes even prevented when the proper care is received. People attending adults in senior care must commit to memory the FAST signs of a stroke. With less numbers of Americans dying from strokes due to medical advances, remembering these common stroke symptoms can likely save someone’s life. Learn how to determine if someone needs emergency help for a potential stroke.
Is There Sudden Weakness, Numbness or Paralysis?
If suddenly, there is numbness, weakness or paralysis in the face, arms, or legs, maybe just on one side of the body, this is indicative of a stroke. Ask the person in senior care to lift both arms overhead. If both arms don’t rise simultaneously, or one arm drifts down, call for emergency help.
Inability to Talk or Slurred Speech
When someone in senior care has suddenly become confused, presents slurred speech, and doesn’t seem to understand your words, quickly get help.
Blurred, Blackened or Double Vision
Blurred, blackened, or double vision can be a sign of a stroke. Call for immediate help, whether it is in one eye or it has affected both.
Dizzy with Extreme Headache
Make the emergency call for help if there is sudden dizziness with extreme headache, especially if it comes along with altered consciousness.
Standing / Walking Difficulty
Older people in senior care services who suddenly can’t stand up or walk without help need quick medical assistance.
Be FAST in Senior Care
Remember to be FAST in senior care to determine if someone is suffering a stroke, then get help immediately. FAST stands for:
F-Face: Face drooping when you ask the person to smile
A-Arms: Arms cannot be raised simultaneously.
S-Speech: Ask for a simple sentence to be repeated correctly to see if there are speech problems.
T-Time: If there are problems, get immediate medical attention in time to help.