Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S., according to the American Stroke Association. May is National Stroke Awareness Month and the ideal time to learn about stroke prevention and recovery strategies. The risk of experiencing a stroke increases with age, but strokes can occur at any age. According to the CDC, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old.
Rehabilitation after a stroke begins in the hospital, and then patients are eased into outpatient rehab. The recovery process can span between a couple of weeks or years and some people can develop a long-term disability as a result of having a stroke.
An effective stroke recovery plan should include:
- A Personalized Care Plan: Stroke rehabilitation will usually include a combination of speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. A Concierge nurse, who is solely devoted to your care, can work closely with your physician to create a unique program that meets your therapeutic needs and supports your recovery goals.
- Specialized Services: Specialized nurses are key to a safe recovery because they are experienced with the medications and other recovery strategies that are essential to your recovery plan. For example, those with high blood pressure are more at risk for experiencing strokes, so consistent, careful, and accurate monitoring of blood pressure at home is extremely important.
- Provide 24/7 Care: By providing care around the clock, concierge care nurses can closely monitor patients for the “F.A.S.T.” warning signs, which can save a life from a stroke. These symptoms include face drooping, arm weakness, speech, and determining when it is time to call 911. In addition, stroke patients may experience depression, so having a companion will benefit their overall mental health.
Concierge Care by ACCESS Nursing Services is 24/7 private nursing care in the privacy and comfort of the patient’s home or preferred location. ACCESS Nursing is a 35-year provider of private nursing, RNs, LPNs, and Aides throughout New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. For more information on ACCESS Nursing Concierge Care nurses, visit https://www.accessnursing.com.