Uncategorized | June 26, 2019
Aside from heart disease and cancer, stroke is one of the largest killers of adults in Canada. Although any person can have a stroke, statistics show that almost three-quarters of strokes occur in seniors. It is the main cause of physical disabilities, and second cause of mental disability, coming after Alzheimer’s.
Stroke is more fatal to women than men in Canada. In fact, 45% more women die from it than men, and since women live longer, most people who deal with effects of this illness are women.
Seniors who have high blood pressure, smoke, suffer from a heart disease or diabetes and use certain medications are more prone to having a stroke. Genetics, gender, weight and age are also high risk factors.
Three main types of stroke are ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attack. Most strokes are ischemic ones, which means they occur arteries are narrow or blocked so they reduce blood flow to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel leaks or bursts, causing damage. The transient ischemic attack is also known as mini-stroke and is caused by a narrowing of the arteries as well. However, this mini-stroke only causes temporary symptoms.
When a person has a stroke, time is crucial. The moment they experience the symptoms of a stroke they should call 911 or visit their physician, instead of waiting for the effects to just go away. Receiving medical attention immediately after a stroke can minimize damage and potentially save a person’s life. Symptoms of a stroke include trouble speaking, confusion or trouble understanding, paralysis of the face, arms or legs, trouble seeing or walking, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness and dizziness.
Whether your loved one is recovering after a stroke or you just want to ensure they maintain a healthy lifestyle, we are here to help. Our dedicated home care providers are trained to care after seniors who had a stroke. Caregivers can provide wellness support, transportation to scheduled appointments and make sure your parent is sticking to physician-prescribed exercise regimens and diets.
We can also make sure that your loved one takes their medications on time and according to doctor’s orders. Here at Comfort Keepers we offer individualized care plans tailored to suit one’s specific needs. If we notice changes in your parent’s behavior or physical characteristics, we will notify their care team. We want to ensure that seniors in our care find the joy and happiness in each day, regardless of age or health problems. .
If you want to learn more about our home care services, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Victoria, BC.