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FAQs about Post-Stroke Care for Seniors

Strokes can significantly affect an elderly person’s ability to live independently, causing them to need a family caregiver and elderly care services just to remain in their own home. Strokes can cause partial paralysis, loss of balance, vision difficulties, speech problems, memory loss, cognitive challenges, and more. Seniors often reach the point where they need help for even the most basic self-care tasks like bathing or grooming.

Caregiver in Rohnert Park CA: Post Stroke Care

Caregiver in Rohnert Park CA: Post-Stroke Care

Family caregivers often have many questions about what it takes for their elderly relatives to have a successful and effective post-stroke care. Here are a few of the most common.

Q: Can elderly adults recover at home after a stroke?

A: As long as a doctor approves, seniors can return to their homes after a stroke. However, most elderly adults are not able to remain independent because they physically cannot carry out the tasks required for safe and healthy independent living. With the right support system in place, however, seniors can live happily at home after a stroke.

Q: What modifications need to be made to the home?

A: Much depends on how severely the stroke affected the individual’s body and mind. Some common modifications to an elderly person’s home includes grab bars for the toilet, hand-held shower heads, shower chairs, walkers and wheelchairs, elevating beds, lever faucets, and more. Doctors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists can make recommendations on modifications that will help each individual patient.

Q: Are home care services worthwhile?

A: The simple fact is that seniors need a lot of assistance as they recover from a stroke. A family caregiver is likely not able to provide that care and still manage their responsibilities like jobs and children. Hiring a professional home care provider means the elderly person receives top care when they need it. Home care providers are trained to work with aging adults of all abilities and can be scheduled for as often as needed.

Q: What can home care providers do for seniors recovering from a stroke?

A: Home care providers will do any number of daily tasks. Self-care is important, and they can help with bathing, showering, grooming, dressing, and hygiene. Home care providers can also take care of housekeeping, laundry, pet care, grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation, and light maintenance tasks.

Q: How long does stroke recovery take?

A: Some seniors take many months to make even the smallest physical accomplishment while others recover more rapidly. Stroke recovery is long and challenging, and there’s no way to tell what will happen and when. Family caregivers should make a long-term recovery plan and accept that their aging loved one may never recover fully.

When family caregivers are fully prepared to assist their elderly loved one in recovering from a stroke it makes it easier for them to transition from the hospital or a rehab center to recovering at home. With things like home modifications and in-home care providers, family caregivers can take on the responsibilities that their aging relatives need them to while they begin the road to recovery.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Rohnert Park, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003



What is a Stroke?

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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