Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stroke Home Treatment

After a stroke, home treatment will be an important part of your rehabilitation. You may need to use assistive devices to help you:
  • Walk. Canes and walkers can be used to help prevent falls. 
  • Get dressed. Devices called reachers can help you put on socks or stockings if you have weakness in one arm or hand. 
  • Eat. Large-handled silverware can be easier to grab and use if you have a weak hand. If you have trouble swallowing, you may need to change your diet or your doctor may provide you with a feeding tube to use at home.

Tips for dealing with the effects of a stroke :

  • Managing eating problems.
  • Managing vision problems.
  • Managing getting dressed.
  • Managing bowel and bladder problems.

Tips for a successful recovery

  • Participate in a stroke rehabilitation program as soon as possible.
  • Recognize and deal with depression.
  • Be as involved as possible in your care.

Although stroke rehab is increasingly successful at prolonging life, a stroke can be a disabling or fatal condition.People who have had a stroke may consider discussing health care and other legal issues that may arise near the end of life.Many people find it helpful and comforting to state their health care choices in writing with a living will or other advance directive while they are still able to make and communicate these decisions.

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