Stroke Recovery Care Burlington
Stroke is the leading cause of disability for seniors in Canada, and the third leading cause of death in seniors across the country. There are two main types of stroke:
This is the most common type of stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when blood flow is stopped from reaching a certain part of the brain. This is usually caused by a blockage or a clot. The more time that passes before the blockage is removed, and blood and oxygen can reach the effected part of the brain, the more severe the stroke is likely to be.
The second type of stoke is a hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke occurs when an artery or a blood vessel in the brain bursts or breaks open. Blood then flows into the brain damaging cells and tissues, increasing swelling and pressure in the brain. An example of a hemorrhagic stroke is a brain aneurysm. This type of stroke can be caused by high blood pressure weakening the arteries over time.
Symptoms of a Stroke
One quick and easy way to remember how to recognize a stroke is by using the F.A.S.T. system. Time is of the essence if you are witnessing someone having a stroke. A swift reaction can be the difference between life and death, and can impact the lasting effects of a stroke. F.A.S.T. system:
- Face – is it drooping or hanging on one side?
- Arms – can you raise both past your shoulders?
- Speech – is it slurred or scrambled?
- Time – time to call 911
If you recognize any of these symptoms call 911 immediately.
Causes of Stroke
There are many different factors that can contribute to the occurrence of a stroke. Some of these factors you can control, and others you can’t. Some possible causes include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Lack of exercise
- Poor diet
Things like age and genetics you have no control over, but leading a healthy lifestyle is the best preventive measure for reducing the risk of stroke.
Treatment for Stroke
The key to treating a stroke is to get effective treatment as soon as possible. The sooner treatment begins, the less likely it is to have lasting effects. There are a variety of treatment approaches available depending on the severity and effects of the stroke.
Retire-At-Home is a highly acclaimed home care agency that specializes in stroke recovery care. It is estimated that half of all stroke victims will require some kind of assistance with their daily living after suffering a stroke. The stroke recovery services offered at Retire-At-Home are personalized to accommodate each unique situation. There are stroke care services to assist with daily routines, housework, personal hygiene, and errands. There are also services that focus on relieving symptoms and providing medical treatments.
Stroke Recovery Services
The diverse selection of services offered at Retire-At-Home are designed to help stroke victims and their families get back into daily routines, and enhance the experience of daily life. Some stroke recovery care services available are:
- Case management
- Home support
- Personal care
- Nursing care
- Respite care
- Palliative care
- Medication assistance
- Assistance coordinating third party health care services
- 24-hour service available