Seals Colorado - An organization that has been helping
individuals with disabilities and special needs for more then 8 decades.
Easter Seals Colorado Rehabilitation Services and Stroke
Day Program helps people to regain lost skills following a stroke.
Easter Seals Colorado has done amazing and wonderful work for stroke
survivors. To learn more about this program please call 303.274.5415.
Challenge - A lovely blog that offers a personal account of how
a stroke can affect a family, and how the author learned to cope with
the loss of his longtime wife of 50 years, Bettie, after she passed
from complications resulting from a stroke.
Caregivers Handbook - A 42-page Stroke Caregivers Handbook
that is downloadable and completely free. Contains extremely valuable
information for caregivers faced with the challenge of caring for someone
who has suffered from a stroke.
and Assisted Living: Caring For Victims Of All Ages
We frequently receive questions from families who have a loved one
suffering from the complications resulting from a stroke, and if
assisted living is an appropriate option for stroke victims. We
discuss the basics of stroke, and how an assisted living environment
can help. This article and video is not to be considered as,
or used as medical advice.
Besnette - Founder/Editor for Assisted Living Directory
Living Can Help Stroke Victims Both Young And Old
We've been writing for our site
for many years now, and we have decided that it is time to talk
about how assisted living can most certainly help, and house
stroke victims both young and old. We decided to tackle this
subject due to the ever-increasing volume of questions we seem
to be getting from families asking if assisted living is appropriate
for a loved one who has suffered from a stroke.
Interestingly, and sadly, we've
noticed that a sizeable percentage of these questions are about
younger victims of stroke - at times for people who are in their
40's or 50's - so this question is often two-pronged...asking
about the applicability of assisted living for stroke victims,
and also if assisted living is appropriate for younger residents.
We've discussed the second part of the questions a few times
before in terms of the 'myth' surrounding assisted living -
that it can only serve seniors or those with dementias,
Alzheimer's, or other memory disorders.
Times have certainly changed, and assisted living is now, more
than ever, equipped to handle persons of a wide range of ages,
afflictions, conditions, and disabilities - including stroke.
Here are a few examples of some of the questions we
have received over the years inquiring about assisted living
for someone who has experienced a stroke:
Hello, I am looking
for a safe place for my 68 father to live in. He suffered of
a stroke on April 4, 2011 and has been diagnosed with dementia
due the the stroke. He is also insulin dependent and takes a
lot of medication. He has Medi-Medi and I would like to know
what the cost is in order to be in your facility?
Thank you very much
an assisted living--86 year old who had stroke June 23, 2011---at
Desert Life---No foley--able to communicate--but has limited
use of left side and probably will not walk again-has below
knee amputation on right-wonderful woman-
do you have to assist my 71yo father? He is confined to a wheelchair
because of partially being paralyzed after a stroke several
years ago. He needs social interaction and to be able to feel
that he is not a burden to others. He desperately needs physical
therapy, speech therapy, dental and eye care and occupational
therapy would be wonderful as well.
I am looking
for a one or two week respite care facility for my 93 year old
father. He is legally blind, has had 2 strokes resulting in
balance issues and wears a catheter. Could your facility accommodate
I need to
find a nice place for my husband who had a stroke and is now
disable, wheelchair bound and left side paralysis. Does he have
to be a senior, because he is only 51. If not, do you have any
suggestions or recommendations?
Do you have
any information to share about your facility on cost, availability
etc. for a 43 year old stoke victim?
We have a
loved one who recently suffered a stroke and as a result has
some associated memory loss and dementia. It's enough of a problem
that she may not be able to live alone, but she is still mobile
and fairly highly functioning otherwise.
We are starting
to investigate the options and would like details. I can be
contacted at the e-mail or phone numbers I provided. Do you
have any vacancies. If so, I would love to come by to see your
Can you give
me a ballpark cost figure or range for monthly cost for someone
who suffered a stroke and still has cognitive difficulties.
She is mobile and fairly highly functioning but has memory loss
and periods of dementia. She is currently in a skilled nursing
facility in New London, NH for therapy but we are beginning
to sort out options if she is not able to live alone when released.
I am looking
for an assisted living "home" for my mother, who has
some brain damage (memory loss and cognitive impairment) due
to stroke. She needs financial assistance as her income is low.
Can you please tell me if Medical or Medicare helps with that,
or if you know where we could move her that where she could
get financial assistance?
I am looking for possible assisted living for a family member
who is 47, and who has suffered a stroke. He really needs to
be in a managed care environment, and our family is not able
to adequately attend to his needs. What would your costs be?
These are just a few examples
of the types of questions we have received about stroke and
assisted living, which illustrate that there is certainly a
need, and also that there is still confusion surrounding what
assisted living can, and cannot provide.
- Can You And Your Family Do It Alone?
For someone who has
suffered from a stroke, the recovery process will not be easy.
Recovery will be exhausting for both the victim, and the family
or caregivers. Recovery can also be expensive both in terms
of actual cost, and work missed for the victim and those caring
for him or her - all laced with an uncertainty of how things
will turn out, or if full recovery will be achieved.
The question that stroke
victims and families or caregivers must ask themselves is whether
attempting care at home is a realistic alternative, or whether
care in a more structured and professional environment, such
as assisted living makes more sense for everyone involved.
We recommend taking
a look at 'Stroke
Survivor Blog" - which is a first-hand look at what
one family went through when a stroke affected their lives.
Kathy, the author of the blog, and spouse of a stroke survivor,
details the events that took place the day the stroke occurred
with her husband, and has blogged about the lengthy and difficult
recovery process. Kathy even videotaped much of the recovery,
and has posted her stroke
recovery videos on her site. The videos are powerful, and
may serve as a very graphic dose of reality to anyone, or any
family faced with the decision to take on the caregiving duties
of a stroke victim, or to seek a more structured and professional
level of care and housing.
What is Stroke?
According to the National
Institutes of Health, "A stroke happens when blood
flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called
a "brain attack." If this blood flow is stopped for
more than a few seconds, brain damage can happen due to dying
brain cells. Clogged arteries and clots are the main culprits.
We won't attempt to get into
the finer details of what a stroke is, but for our purposes
here, we will discuss what some of the complications of a stroke
are, which include (according to the NIH):
Breathing food into the airway (aspiration)
Loss of mobility
Loss of movement or feeling in one or more parts of the body
Problems speaking and understanding
Problems thinking or focusing
To learn more about what
causes a stroke, we recommend watching this short video:
If we look at these complications, they are very similar to
what assisted living facilities already handle, and have historically
handled with seniors, and those who suffer from Alzheimer's
or Dementia (and interestingly, a stroke can cause dementia
and memory disorders).
At it's core, assisted
living facilities most often handle, and help residents in several
core areas. These, in the most basic sense, include:
Helping residents with meals and nutrition
Managing dementias and memory disorders
Helping out where loss of movement has hindered the ability
to manage day-to-day tasks such as dressing, bathing, and personal
Help with incontinence
Offering a physical environment that will help minimize falls
and injuries by employing hand rails, walk-in-bathtubs, handicap/wheelchair
access, and emergency call systems.
Cognitive stimulation, social activities and other therapies
Transportation to and from appointments
A qualified, trained nursing staff
Workers and Nurses can be stroke certified as well.
Here is one message from an RN that we received detailing her
expertise in dealing with stroke:
is Alicia and I am a Registered Nurse. I was wondering if you
have any nursing positions available? I am currently NIH stroke
Certified. I am willing to work any shift."
Beyond the core items that assisted
living facilities most often provide, there can be a wide range
of extra services and amenities that may also be offered, and
that may be helpful to stroke victims, such as dedicated staff
or therapists to help with the recovery process, or management
of the complications from the stroke.
The National Institutes on Health
states that 'Over half of people who have a stroke are able
to function and live at home. Other people are not able to care
If you, or a loved on has had
a stroke, and is considering assisted living, you'll likely
need to research many different facilities to find out which
ones are best equipped and able to take on a resident who has
had a stroke. This will likely require interviewing many, if
not dozens of facilities, asking detailed questions about what
services they provide, and learning how qualified and trained
their staff is to handle the challenging complications caused
by a stroke.
You might be surprised to learn
how many facilities are now able and willing to take on new
residents of any age who have suffered a stroke!
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- Article produced by the
staff at Assisted Living Directory
to this article:
An equally important question is - what happens if the stroke happens while living in the assisted living home? If the facility or home can't care for the person, do they have the resources available to them to get them the help and care they need, and also will the person be able to continue to live there?
13 March 2014 at 4.23 am
MY SON IS42 YEARS OLD HE HAD A SEIZUE LEFT HIM IMOBILE AND HAS TO BE REMINDED TO TAKE HIS MEDICATION HOW CAN YOUR FICALITY HELP HIM? ANTHONY
13 November 2013 at 11.21 am
Tiffany, thanks for commenting on our site..
I (our site) works with a group of really great senior care advisors
- I used this same service for my mother-in-law last year to find
care for her..she had a really complex situation, so I can vouch
for them personally - they would probably be really helpful to
you to answer your questions and to help you find a good place
for your family member. They can be contacted at 866-967-9270.
They were really helpful for me and my family.
Thanks so much...I hope this is helpful!
11 February 2013 at 11.29 am
How can i find help for a family member who has had a stroke,
getting out of prison, and has no income? it is so hard to find
help in this situation. Tiffany
11 February 2013 at 11.28 am
Andy, thanks for commenting - this sounds like a very unique situation.
I have a suggestion for you and I will email you directly.
4 October 2012 at 9.21 am
Hello. My mother had a stroke during brain surgery over five years
ago, and has been struggling with short-term memory loss ever
since. She's fine physically (age 72), but our family, including
her 81-year husband who has been caring for her since the surgery,
isn't able to care for her anymore. I'm trying to find a residential
solution. We've tried a dementia unit, but her condition isn't
progressive, and not the right environment for her. A personal
care facility may not be enough, because she may try to escape.
Is there any place you know of for her unusual case - a long-term
care facility in which she'd have some freedom and stimulation,
probably locked, but not be surrounded by residents with dementia
or other progressive conditions? Thank you. Andy
4 October 2012 at 9.19 am
It's amazing the work that my dad's facility did with him after
he had a stroke. He almost seemed to go up a level or two quickly,
maybe due to all of the extra care and attention he was receiving.
4 June 2012 at 6.12 pm
Thanks for sharing this wonderful insight about stroke and how
to go about the recovery process. Having a facility like yours
inspires stroke patients and survivor because you let them know
the process that they need to go through. And just like you, I
want to inspire and touch people's lives and I want to take this
opportunity to share to you TAKE A BOW - A full-length documentary
about a beloved and highly respected piano professor Ingrid Clarfield
who suffered a severe stroke at age 60. Ingrid takes us on a remarkable
journey from physical adversity and emotional struggle to victory
of the human spirit and the desire to make a difference. You can
check her website:http://www.takeabowingrid.com.
Hoping that you can also feature her story in one of your blogs
to spread the message and inspire others. God bless.
Carly Faith firstname.lastname@example.org
23 January 2012 at 10:26 am
Folks may simply need short-term care if they have had a stroke,
if they are able to recover and get better. I wonder how many
facilities may offer some sort of rehabilitation program for those
who have had a stroke?
17 November 2011 at 6.11 am
Finding a place for my dad was not hard at all. I was pretty surprised
at how many facilities accept residents with stroke, although
many of them don't openly market themselves as such...
26 September 2011 at 5.12 pm
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