Do you know how to recognize a stroke? Do you know how to react to help a stroke victim? Strokes are potentially life-threatening and affect the quality of life for thousands of elderly adults each year. If you provide care for a parent or elderly loved one, it is important to be able to spot the warning signs of a stroke and how to quickly respond to help reduce long-term disability. Warning signs of a stroke may include:
- Numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs
- Confusion or difficulty speaking
- Vision impairment
- Problems walking
- Loss of balance or coordination or dizziness
- Sudden and severe headaches
If you think that your elderly loved one is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, our New Hampshire elder care specialists recommend acting FAST. The acronym, which stands for the face, arm, speech test, is used to help detect and enhance responsiveness to the needs of a stroke victim.
- Face. Ask your loved one to smile. Look to see if one side of their face is hanging down.
- Arm. Look for weakness in the arms. See if your loved one can raise both arms.
- Speech. Ask your loved one to repeat a simple sentence. See if they can repeat the sentence correctly, without slurring any words.
- Time. Call 911 right away if your loved one is demonstrating stroke symptoms in their face, arms or ability to speak.
Home Care Assistance is a trusted provider of home care in New Hampshire. Committed to helping seniors live happier, healthier lives, we work with professionals in both the senior and health care communities to ensure the highest level of care is provided to our clients. We are aware of the impact strokes can have on the life of an elderly adult and their family and encourage family members to learn how to identify and respond to strokes.
If your loved one has a condition that may increase their risk for a stroke, contact Home Care Assistance and learn how our professional caregivers help enhance safety and comfort at home. Our caregivers receive extensive training on how to detect a stroke, as well as how to care for elderly individuals after a stroke. With care plans designed around the special needs of each individual stroke survivor, families can rest assured knowing their loved one is safe, secure and being cared for by an experienced and compassionate caregiver. Call Home Care Assistance at 603-471-3004 and schedule a free in-home consultation or learn more about our hourly and live-in care plans for seniors in New Hampshire.