“Support for Life After Stroke” is the theme of this year’s World Stroke Day on October 29. More than 7 million Americans are survivors of a stroke, the “brain attack” that occurs when the brain is cut off from normal blood supply.
If you are a stroke survivor or you help care for a loved one who has had a stroke, these stroke care tips may prove helpful:
Be aware that a change in condition can spur a change in treatment. A decline in a stroke survivor’s physical function may mean the loved one is eligible for more services.
Consider a rehabilitation tune-up. After initial rehabilitation, many stroke patients benefit from periodically doing more therapy or trying another course of therapy. Maintain a good ongoing relationship with either a neurologist, physiatrist or rehabilitation specialist.
Stay updated on insurance coverage. Clarify what inpatient and outpatient services are covered and for what length of time, and what out-of-pocket expenses can be expected.
For resources on post-stroke care, education and support for stroke survivors and family caregivers, visit the American Stroke Association’s support network at https://supportnetwork.heart.org or the National Stroke Association at http://www.stroke.org.
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in-home care and assistance, offers specialized care for stroke survivors and respite care for family caregivers.