Stroke and Assisted Living: Caring For Those Of All Ages Who Have Suffered From A Stroke

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Stroke and Assisted Living: Caring For Victims Of All Ages

Summary: 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.

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Assisted Living and Stroke Discussion
Assisted 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.

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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

Looking for 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-

What availability 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 him?

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 place.

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.

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Go RED To Keep Your Brain Healthy and Strong- By Dr. Maria De Leon for Assisted Living Directory

Dr. Maria De Leon, one of Assisted Living Directory’s wonderful contributors, talks about how to GO RED to protect your brain against stroke. She offers great tips on keeping your brain healthy and strong (and some surprisingly fun and delicious tips)! Video (above) produced by Assisted Living Directory.

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Stroke Recovery – 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.

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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):

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  • Breathing food into the airway (aspiration)
  • Dementia
  • Falls
  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of movement or feeling in one or more parts of the body
  • Muscle spasticity
  • Poor nutrition
  • Pressure sores
  • 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).

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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 hygiene.
  • Help with incontinence
  • Medication Management
  • 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

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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:

“My name 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 for themselves.’

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 from a stroke!

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Responses to this article:

Lori Wrote:

My x-husband had a stroke about 15 months ago. he is now in Ohio, can speak and walk but has no use of his right arm. We are working to get him his drivers license. He is in assisted living and we are looking for the next step, independent community living in the Florida area. I have not been able to find anything that would accept him because of his age or where the average age is not 75.

2 January 2017 at 8:21 am

Tammie Wrote:

Family needs help with placement of 21 yr old woman who has had several strokes. She needs help eating, assistance with bathing, grooming, bathroom. Legs and arms have limited mobility. She requires 24 hr supervision and care. She needs ongoing physical, occupational and speech therapy. 541-476-8197

31 December 2016 at 4:21 pm

Allegra Wrote:

Hello, my 67yr old father had a stroke a year ago and suffers from aphasia. He lives with his girlfriend in Miami but we would love to have a place he can stay part of the year to give her a break. It would be great to have people around the same age and condition. Thank you! Allegra

28 December 2016 at 4:26 pm

Tammie Wrote:

Hi! I live in Massachusetts. My eldest sister had a major stroke at the age of 39. She suffered by loss of memory,speaking,eating,vision and she was paralyzed on the left side. She worked very hard through the rehab programs and currently can walk with a cane 🙂 She has very little movement in the left arm still but she has come to terms with that. She has been in a program called, “Neuro Restorative” for a year at the end of this month. She was placed in a “Host Home”, with a “Mentor”. The first Host Home was awful. She and her room-mate (another young woman) were treated very unkind, the “Mentor” was a very large woman, she never took them on walks or walks into the community. Unless she had to drive them to the doctors or to the atm for them to give her their portion of rent they had to pay to her! My sister finally came to me and told me about unwanted sexual issues that had been going on in the home with the “Mentor’s” son. The program moved her and her room-mate that day! They were placed in a very nice “Host Home” with a “Mentor” and his family that are very caring! However, her room-mate had to go into a nursing home last month because her time was up in the program. Now my sister’s time is up in the program and the only option is a nursing home still 🙁 I can not take her to my home because I live in a small, basement, apartment with my 15 year old son and our dog. I have to work as well. Ok, so I know I have babbled on and on… but the point of me writing is to ask if anyone in Mass knows of another route to go for her, rather than a nursing home? She is on Mass Health and most of the nursing homes that were called for her to at least stay short term for the 90-120 days in order to receive the brain injury waiver, have denied having her come to their facility because, “she is too young”! I am so frustrated with all this… I just wish there were more homes available for young adults, especially since there are more young adults (unfortunately) having strokes these days 🙁 My sister has seizures and will have them for the rest of her life. I was looking into a group home after the nursing home, once she received the waiver but now we can’t seem to find a nursing home to take her 🙁 I am so saddened by all this! I feel hopeless and helpless 🙁 She is on public housing waiting lists but those take forever 🙁 Does anyone have any suggestions or guidance on this???? ANYTHING WOULD BE HELPFUL!

Thank you for listening to me babble.


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18 October 2016 at 4:25 pm

Laura Wrote:

I’m 48 years old, I had my first two mini strokes when I was 39 or 40 years old and its difficulty for me to remember things and my doctor said I am no longer able to drive I’m living with my late husband’s sister and she doesn’t help me out one bit. laura

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11 October 2016 at 2:22 pm

Kody Wrote:

It is great to hear there are assisted living situation for younger victims of strokes. My aunt has now had several strokes now, and is only in her early 40’s. It is really hard to watch her struggle to do the day to day things she used to be able to do. I really did not know that assisted living could be an option for her. It may have to be the way to go.

11 July 2016 at 5:12 pm

Kelly Wrote:

My brother is 53 years old and had a stroke in Las Vegas. He is currently at a rehab facility, Silver Hills since he was moved from the Mountain View hospital rehab due to his NV Medicaid lapsed. He now only has Medicare. No one from our family lives near by so he’s out there all alone. I need help trying to find a way to get him close to me here in Los Angeles County, CA to a facility for stroke patients. He can’t speak except for yeah and no and is completely paralyzed on his right side. How do I transport him in the most cost effective way and find a facility here in CA. I live in Santa Clarita, CA north of LA. Please help me!!

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9 July 2016 at 11:14 am

Trista Wrote:

Have a close friend who’s boyfriend had stroke in Oct 2015 in Pennsylvania. They then sent him out to Vegas February 2016 to have her take care of him. He has lost his speech. He has some in home health aid but he is depressed and has had one trip to ER and placed in mental facility for 5 days for wanting to commit suicide. He is now taking up drinking and smoking and hiding the drinking from her. She is by herself out here except a few friends and we help where we can. He is on social security for another reason no is only 45. Where can she place him to get extra help? She caught him drinking again today and is at her wits end. She works full time and can’t watch him every minute of the day. Please suggest what to do.

9 June 2016 at 11:11 am

Tanya Wrote:

Hello, my sister is fifty years old and has had a stroke. I am now looking for some assisting living. Can you please help?

8 June 2016 at 10:17 am

Mickey Wrote:

I had a stroke in June 2015. I am walking with a walker. And I have very little use of my left arm & hand. I live with my sister and her room mate. The room mate wants to evict me. I have no place to go. 864-836-7959

1 June 2016 at 9:12 am

Angelique Wrote:

I have an aunt who had a stroke November 2015, she has no one to look after her, she is paralyzed in her left, slight brain damage. she has no where to go and no money except for a very little each month. please we need help Angelique

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5 February 2016 at 12:17 pm

Aryn Wrote:

Hello! My father had a stroke in January 2015, since then he has had rehab at 4 different places and he was able to go home alone. We are all alone. I am an only child and he is divorced and only 58. Since returning home he has suffered from major depression and is losing all his hope to continue living. We live in a small town in North Dakota so our options for help are very limited. Could you please help and suggest anything or any place we could go for him to get help? I think he would be happier living in a place with people his age, but all the nursing homes are filled with people 40 years older then him. I would love to find a place for him that would allow him to work and take care of things so that he still felt like he had a purpose in life.If you have any information to help we would very very much appreciate it!

Thanks, Aryn

31 December 2015 at 1:11 pm

Susan Wrote:

Please can you help me find a suitable residential solution? My brother is 49 y/o. Stroke 5 years ago left him with occipital blindness. He cannot find his clothes, he cannot his shower (or phone, or exit door) so he requires 24 hour care. BUT he is ambulatory, can get dressed/shower/eat unassisted, and in generally good health. Susan

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14 December 2015 at 7:23 pm

Phyllis Wrote:

I know a 44-yr-old female who had a stroke and is paralyzed on her left side. She cannot lift herself due to her size as well as the left side being completely dead. She has no one to help her. She was babysitting a 3-month old and 3-yr old and cannot do that anymore. She does not have insurance. Where can she get help?

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27 October 2015 at 2:13 pm

Oanh Wrote:

Hi. I need help desperately for my younger sister 54yrs just suffered a stroke that paralyzed her left body, not able to walk. She got laid off in July 2015, suffered stroke in Aug., has no income. How can I get her into a nursing home? Medical only paid for her staying in Rehab for 6 weeks. She’s now at home with me. I’ve been taking time off but can’t afford to care for her 24/7. Thank you so [email protected]

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6 October 2015 at 1:53 pm

Edith Wrote:

i am looking for an assisted living facility or group home for my 57 year old son who suffered a severe stroke in March. He is at a rehab facility at present but is scheduled to leave soon. Can you help us find a place for him? Edith

4 August 2015 at 11:52 am

Rebekah Wrote:

My daughter had a massive brain hemorrhage at age 45. She has left side weakness. She has some confusion, but can carry on interesting and correct conversations. she is sweet, funny, mentally alert, former owner-ceo 5 corporations. has much to offer and share. she is now 47. needs help transferring, feeds self, makes reasonable decisions, has great recall. SS and private disability, medicare, needs interaction, social, currently in assisted care, location near Orlando, Clermont, Lake Cty, Sumter cty, Orange County, Polk, Osceola, Long term.

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4 June 2015 at 11:38 am

Kristina Wrote:

Hello, my Dad is turning 54 this year and had a stroke 3 – 4 months ago, it was severe and his whole right side when dead….. he did 8 weeks in a rehabilitation then he went home to his girlfriend…Since then she hasnt been taking him to his required speech therapy and physio and buys him 60 ouncers of whiskey and cartons of cigerettes everyday. i dont no what to do, he is getting worse and worse and can barley talk now and is not walking anymore and he was when he got out of his rehab….. is there something i can do ? is this abuse ?

21 April 2015 at 10:16 pm

Cathy Wrote:

I live in Austin and my 42 year old sister suffered a stroke which left her paralyzed on her left side. Can anyone recommend a nice assisted living facility which accepts social security that has people similar in age?

5 January 2015 at 2:29 pm

Sharon Wrote:

Desparate! Need help finding a facility for my brother in law. He had a stroke on 9/4/14 and has recovered physically but has trouble with speech memory and cognitive thinking..he is on insulin and is only 52 years old. We need help with his insurance company as they are out of state and we are hoping to bring him back to California as soon as possible. We are applying for medical. The facility he is at wants him to leave and the entire family is struggling with the fact that he is in Nevada. We need someplace safe for him near us ASAP. someplace that will help us with the insurance problems and assist us with medical. Either orange LA or riverside county. please help Sharon

21 December 2014 at 4:55 pm

Henry Wrote:

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

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13 November 2013 at 11:21 am

Assisted Living Directory Wrote:

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.

You can also read about my personal experience using them here: /blog/my-personal-experience-using-a-senior-care-advisor/

Thanks so much…I hope this is helpful!

11 February 2013 at 11:29 am

Tiffany Wrote:

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

Assisted Living Directory Wrote:

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

Andy Wrote:

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

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4 October 2012 at 9:19 am

Edna Wrote:

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

Carly Wrote:

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: Hoping that you can also feature her story in one of your blogs to spread the message and inspire others. God bless.

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23 January 2012 at 10:26 am

Ben Wrote:

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

Donna Wrote:

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