May 10, 2018 by Nick Miller
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every 4 minutes a stroke results in death. Nine out of 10 strokes are ischemic strokes. This means that blood flow to the brain has been cut off. Most of the time this is the result of a blood vessel leading to the brain being blocked.
Strokes can lead to long-term disability and can be fatal. The seriousness of a stroke depends on several factors. One of the most important is the amount of time that passes from the time the signs and symptoms of a stroke begin. Therefore, it is so important for seniors and their loved ones to know and understand the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
Comfort Keepers in home care for seniors strives to provide exceptional home care that helps seniors remain independent and healthy while safely residing at home. Every Comfort Keepers caregiver knows the warning signs for strokes and will gladly review them with the senior or their family members.
The most common sign of a stroke is paralysis or numbness on one side of the body. Many times, this appears as sudden weakness or numbness in one arm, leg, or side of the face. This is often accompanied by a difficulty speaking and/or confusion. Those experiencing a stroke may start to slur their words and may not comprehend things that are said to or asked of them.
Strokes often impact the eyes leading to blurry or blackened vision or double vision. A senior may also experience a sudden severe headache.
Dizziness, vomiting, and a sudden loss of stability are also common warning signs of a stroke.
Comfort Keepers in home care for seniors uses the FAST test if they suspect a senior may be having a stroke. The FAST test is an acronym for
Face – can the senior smile? If so, does one side of their face droop?
Arms – can the senior lift both arms over their head or does one drop down?
Speech – can the senior repeat a simply sentence correctly?
Time – if any of these signs cause alarm, it is time to call 911 and get immediate medical attention that may save the senior's life.
For more information on stroke awareness or to talk with Comfort Keepers about the many benefits of in home care for seniors, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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