Published on 05 May 2021
Imagine this: you come home from a long week of work and your elderly parent is looking forward to having dinner with you. As dinner commences, he or she stops eating suddenly, complains about weakness in one side of their body, blurry vision, and a severe headache; symptoms of stroke are unfolding before your eyes.
You remember the F.A.S.T. test for stroke. Asking them to smile reveals a droopy face on one side; trying to raise both arms results in one arm dropping; their speech is slurred. You note the time as you recall that for stroke patients, every second counts.
Because strokes happen so suddenly and often without warning, stroke survivors and their families are sometimes caught unprepared for the resulting changes to their daily lives. Even as patients return home from the hospital to begin recovery at home, families may face the uncertainty of a recovery timeline, or feel unsure about how to handle post-stroke care at home.
Learn what you need to know about strokes, pick up some caregiver tips and find help with stroke recovery in Singapore by reading on!
Blood carries oxygen and important nutrients to your brain through your arteries. During a stroke, blood supply to the brain is interrupted. When your brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they become damaged, resulting in symptoms such as blurred vision, pain, numbness in one side of the body and loss of functional abilities such as walking or speaking.
The main causes of stroke are often attributed to a person’s overall health and their lifestyle habits:
While some risk factors can be controlled with changes to habits and lifestyle, there are other factors, such as old age and family history of stroke, that can also increase the likelihood of stroke. In addition to that, there are rare disorders of the blood or blood vessels, that may contribute to this risk too.
A stroke can be life-changing. You may find your loved one relying on you or caregivers more often as they experience post-stroke symptoms such as:
As your loved one recovers from a stroke, it is important to maintain a proactive approach in helping them with their basic needs such as feeding, bathing and reminders for medication. By considering these changes in lifestyle and including plans for medical appointments, physiotherapy and rehabilitation on the caregiver’s list of tasks, you can ensure that your loved one receives the necessary care during the recovery process.
While every case of stroke is unique, it is always important to encourage your loved one to keep a positive mindset and provide the patience and support they need to achieve their rehabilitation goals.
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