Surviving a Stroke – The Tips You Need Now

Stroke – It’s a leading cause of death throughout the United States. The American Stroke Association suggests it is the fourth leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., and it can happen very fast. A recent Next Avenue post had some insights that are helpful to any household.

What Is It?

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There are two basics kinds of strokes. Ischemic strokes occur most frequently. A blood clot stops blood flow to the brain in cases like these. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when the brain’s blood vessels break and bleeding occurs in the brain.

What Does it Look Like?

Strokes have very noticeable symptoms. Often there is a sudden sense of numbness or weakness on one side of the body. It’s usually noticed in the face, arm, or leg. Sometimes there is confusion, too. You may notice the individual has trouble speaking or even understanding. The person could also have trouble seeing or difficulty walking. Maintaining balance is usually an issue, too. Occasionally a severe headache will occur as well.

There are other potential symptoms of stroke, though they tend to be less frequent. There could be a sudden round of nausea. There may also be a brief loss of consciousness. Sudden pain in the face or limbs could also be a sign of stroke. Shortness of breath may also signal the onset of a stroke.

There are a few of simple tests to decide if it’s a stroke:

  1. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  2. Ask the person to raise his arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  3. Ask the person to say a simple sentence. Watch for garbled words and slurred speech.

If any of these symptoms are present, call 911 emergency services immediately. The “Time Lost is Brain Lost” campaign is absolutely true. The sooner medical attention is sought, the more likely it is that the person will fully or mostly recover.

To learn more about stroke and what you can do to help an individual experiencing a stroke with this Next Avenue post.

David York Agency (DYA) is skilled at recognizing the symptoms of various diseases endemic to the elderly and makes every effort to send caring and compassionate home health aides into the client’s home. DYA provides certified home health aide services for the elderly in their home and is abreast of all the latest guidelines and trends for seniors.  We would be happy to discuss your case with you.  Please call for a free consultation today at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website.  You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, google+ and LinkedIn.

Home Healthcare after Surgery

Just as patients were steered clear of using hospitals for certain surgeries in an effort to cut costs, that same impetus is forcing people out of their alternative, cost saving surgical facilities, way too soon as well.  Today’s trend of using these facilities instead of hospitals for surgery should set off warning messages.  With inadequate time allowed for recovery, you may discover that you need some assistance to help you when you are home. A home health aide can often make recuperation from surgery a little easier.

With more and more surgeries becoming outpatient surgery, bouncing back after an invasive procedure can be challenging. Just because you are out of the hospital, doesn’t mean you are fully healed. You may feel some discomfort following surgery, which generally can be controlled with medication, a full recovery varies by individual and the surgery performed. 465539749

Post surgery, you may also be restricted to various activities.  If you cannot lift more than a cup of soup, you may be hard pressed to find the strength to walk to the bathroom alone let alone do a load of laundry.  This is where a home health aide can assist you with your personal care and light housekeeping.   A health aide at home can help you with personal grooming such as bathing and dressing.  

If you are unable to get around due to your surgery, a home health aide can prepare a nourishing meal, do your grocery shopping and even get you to your doctor’s appointments on time.  Recovering from a surgery should be about taking it easy and allowing yourself to heal, not about meal preparation or keeping up with the laundry. 

If you or a loved one is about to schedule a surgery and think you may need help after surgery, contact David York Agency.  We can provide you with a clear plan prior to your surgery to help you plan for when you are discharged to your home to recover.  Please visit us today at or like/follow us on our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter pages.  Please feel free to call us at 718.376.7755 with any and all of your home healthcare questions.