Long-term care after a stroke in Denver, CO

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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Source: http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=rehabt

10 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

A well-meaning commitment to care for an aging loved one at home can rapidly turn into a lifestyle of exhaustion and frustration. As a caretaker, it is important to be aware of caregiver burnout, recognize its signs, and implement strategies to manage it.

1.       Tiredness – Taking care of someone who is unable to care for their own basic needs is a lot of work! There is not usually a break in the need for care, and the workload often increases with time, so this is the obvious sign.

2.       Anxiety – This is the feeling that the weight of the world is on your shoulders and that you are responsible for the entire workload in your loved one’s life.

3.       Depression – This often takes form of a feeling of hopelessness in your circumstance.

4.       Irritability – Though you are there to take care of your loved one, often times the exhaustion caused by the two previous signs can make you feel like lashing out at them, sometimes for minor offenses.
5.       Trouble relaxing – Even when you have some assistance with caregiving tasks, it is difficult to truly rest.

6.       Building resentment – Though it’s most likely not your loved one’s fault that they’re in their current condition and you understand that, but it can be easy to develop resentment due to the change in lifestyle to one of intensive caregiving.

  1.       Increase in drinking, smoking, or eating – The stress you feel as a caretaker can lead to excess eating, smoking, or drinking as a coping mechanism.

8.       Neglecting responsibilities – When it feels like everything is up to you, it can become a necessity to drop some of the tasks. This can affect your family, yourself, and the loved one you are caring for.

9.       Little satisfaction – Though you are serving a loved one in need, you feel little satisfaction in the important deed you are doing.
10.   Decline in health – This can mean that you are developing new conditions, experiencing a worsening of existing conditions, or frequently catching colds and the flu.

The first steps in managing caregiver burnout are recognizing the signs and acknowledging that you can’t do it all alone. Your number one need in this time is rest. The good news is that there are many resources in the Denver metro area, from senior advisors to skilled nursing facilities like Aspen Siesta that provide respite care so you can confidently take a much-needed break.

If you have any further questions about caregiver burnout or respite care, please give us a call at 303.757.1209.

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