According to the National Stroke Association, there is a wide variety of responses in people who survive stroke. About 10 percent experience near-complete recovery, while death occurs shortly after the incident in about 15 percent. The other 75 percent of stroke survivors is all over the board in terms of the effects on daily life and requirements for care.
While rehabilitation efforts usually would begin in the hospital for seniors who have suffered a stroke, the different options for care depend on the severity of the episode. Care providers could include a hospital rehab unit, a subacute care facility or short-term rehab hospital, home or outpatient therapy, or a long-term skilled nursing care facility. The goal in care will always be to regain as much independence as possible through relearning life skills that were lost because of the damage.
When looking at a long-term skilled nursing facility for a loved one with more acute needs due to a stroke, ask about their therapy programs. See if they offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology (PT/OT/SLP) or have a good relationship with a therapy provider. Ask about activities for various cognitive levels and adaptive equipment for physical assistance during activities. If you have any questions about long-term care for a loved one after a stroke in the Denver metro area, give Aspen Siesta a call at 303.757.1209, and we’d be happy to answer your questions!
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