Despite the fact that stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the number one cause of adult disability, many remain uneducated as to its causes and methods for prevention. Even more alarming is the fact that many individuals fail to recognize a stroke when experiencing symptoms. Live Free Home Health Care understands the importance of Stroke Education. We encourage the general public to become more aware about stroke risk factors, methods for prevention and symptom recognition.

A stroke is the result of interrupted blood flow to an area of the brain and can cause brain damage. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability. Abilities impacted usually include speech, movement, and memory.

There are ways to make life easier if your abilities are impacted due to stroke:

  • Dressing can be made easier by selecting clothes with front fasteners and replacing buttons, zippers, and laces with Velcro fasteners. There are several dressing aids available, such as long-handled shoe horns on Internet sites and in health supply stores.
  • Special utensils such as flatware with built-up handles which are easier to grasp and rocker knives for cutting food with one hand can help people with physically-impaired arms and hands.
  • Helpful bathroom devices include, among others: grab bars in shower or tub, raised toilet seat, tub bench, electric razor and toothbrush and flip-top toothpaste tube.

We urge the public to become educated about strokes and offer ourselves as a helpful resource for all who wish to learn more about the disease. The National Stroke Association is the leading national non-profit organization devoting all of its efforts and resources to stroke. NSA provides the most up-to-date information on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and support for stroke survivors and their families. For more information on NSA contact 1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6537) or click here to learn more. You can also subscribe FREE to Stroke Smart magazine by clicking here to view the latest gears and gadgets.

Live Free Home Health Care offers care for individuals who have suffered from a stroke as well as advice and guidance for friends and family who serve as caregivers. If your loved one has suffered a stroke and is in need of care, please call us at 603 217 0149. You can also read on to learn more about when home care is the appropriate choice by clicking here.

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