This is a guest post from Jacqueline Hatch of Seniorly
Having a stroke can be a frightening experience for seniors and their families.
Fortunately, there are rehabilitation resources available that can help your loved one recover from a stroke after leaving the hospital and before returning home.
A short-term respite stay in senior housing is one option that many families utilize in these difficult situations.
What Is a Respite Stay?
A short-term respite stay is a common option for stroke recovery when a senior is being discharged from the hospital and the family does not feel prepared enough to rehabilitate their loved one at home.
In an ongoing study on care transitions post stroke, patients and caregivers discussed in focus groups the many unexpected challenges they faced when they got home, and how they could have been better prepared for the transition.
Senior housing communities offer short-term stays as transitional care that can bridge the gap between hospital and home, so your loved one can get recover safely and not end up back in the hospital.
Relearning the Activities of Daily Living
Strokes affect everyone differently, but common problems include weakness, paralysis and speech problems, trouble with balance or coordination, pain or numbness, lapses with memory or thinking, and tiredness.
Due to the neurological effects of a stroke, seniors must often be retaught actions such as walking, speech, hand-eye coordination, and toileting. In senior housing communities, trained caregivers are on staff 24/7 to ensure that your loved one has access to all the resources they need to recover.
At first, the resident may require someone to help them with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and toileting. But with time, these trained staff members will be able to help your loved one relearn old skills that can help them function independently after a stroke.
Benefits of Senior Housing
Senior housing communities are designed to support seniors with varying levels of care needs.
Memory care communities in particular have programs in place specifically designed for stroke rehabilitation, many times offering fitness and movement classes on-site for aging loved ones to utilize for a week or two while they prepare to return home.
Additional benefits of a short-term respite stay in senior housing include prepared daily meals, housekeeping, and assistance with activities of daily living such as showering, dressing, and eating.
Many communities also provide transportation to and from medical appointments, so that your loved one can make regular visits to their doctor over the course of their respite stay.
Overall, short-term respite stays provide peace of mind for families looking to help their loved one recover from a stroke in a safe, caring environment, before the transition home.
About the Author:
Jacqueline Hatch is the Content Manager at Seniorly, a company that provides free resources for families in need of senior care services. Her goal is to produce educational articles that help families navigate the complicated world of aging options.