Your mother had a stroke recently. You may be concerned about a number of things, including having another medical emergency before too long. She has been discharged from the hospital and while you certainly don’t want her to be readmitted, your concerns, fears, and anxieties could potentially have a negative impact on recovery.
What is the biggest fear you face?
Many family members will readily admit they worry about another stroke occurring before too long. Maybe your mother was considered fortunate in that the stroke didn’t completely leave her immobile or debilitated. She may have to go through several weeks or even months of physical therapy to regain strength and the ability to perform certain tasks, but her doctor expects that she will make a good recovery.
Maybe the stroke was considered quite serious and there are tempered expectations with regard to what your mother may or may not be able to do when she recovers. Your biggest fear could be her getting injured while just trying to get out of bed.
What can you do to quell those fears?
First, it’s important to understand what your mother is dealing with emotionally. What questions does she have? She may have a difficult time communicating with you, her doctor, and other friends and family at the moment, and that can certainly cause a great deal of frustration.
She may be extremely frustrated that she can no longer hold a knife and fork to feed herself, can’t get up from a chair or out of bed on her own, and won’t be able to do a number of things she used to take for granted.
When she is discharged, she needs the right type of support at home. Not only will the right support help to keep her safe, it can also provide her the opportunity to pursue a number of activities she may have otherwise given up on.
Yes, there will be limitations.
Following a stroke, seniors are most likely going to be limited on what they can or can’t do. They have to be realistic, for not just their new reality surrounding them, but their future. Family should also understand their own limitations on time and how much they can devote to supporting this loved one.
Relying on home care support is one of the best options for people from all walks of life when dealing with the recovery phase of life following a stroke.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in South Miami, FL, please contact the caring staff at Providence Healthcare Services. Call (305) 680-5349.
Providence Healthcare Services provides geriatric and pediatric services throughout all of Miami-Dade and parts of Monroe County.We are a Medicare and Medicaid certified and accredited home health agency offering comprehensive nursing, therapies, personal and non-medical care, and healthcare staffing services.
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