In your role as a family caregiver, it is likely you have thought a considerable amount about the risks of stroke and how these serious medical events can affect your parent. Understanding the severity of stroke and the impact it can have on your loved one starts with recognizing there is not just one type of stroke. While the word stroke is often used in the blanket term, there are multiple forms of stroke, each with their own symptoms and risks. Knowing these types can help you to better understand the problems your senior is facing and the type of care they need to overcome their stroke and regain their health.

The different types of stroke include:

  • Ischemic stroke. This type of stroke is characterized by blood clots. These occur when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain are blocked by a clot, the most common form of stroke, ischemic strokes account for approximately 87% of all strokes
  • Hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke is characterized by bleeding in the brain. These occur when a blood vessel bursts or tears, leading to bleeding. This type of stroke is most commonly caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Cryptogenic stroke. Most often, the cause of a stroke is readily recognized, either in the form of a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain, or a ruptured vessel causing bleeding. Sometimes, however, the cause is not immediately obvious. When a senior suffers a stroke that has undetermined cause, it is referred to as a cryptogenic stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack. Also referred to as TIA, a transient ischemic attack is a warning sign. This is sometimes thought of as a mini-stroke, and occurs as a result of a temporary blockage buy a blood clot. If your elderly loved one suffers TIA, they are a greatly increased risk of suffering a stroke, and steps should be taken to reduce their risk

Recovery from a stroke can be a challenging time for an elderly adult. Senior care can make this experience easier. A senior home care services provider can offer a wide range of care services specifically designed to help your parent get through at their recovery and move forward with a healthier lifestyle. Because recovering from a stroke can mean low energy levels, a senior care provider can help your parent with tasks throughout their home to keep their surroundings healthy and comfortable. They can also assist with personal care needs and activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. Meal preparation helps your senior to maintain good nutrition, while medication reminders support compliance that helps their body stay healthy. For you, as a family caregiver, this can help you to feel more confident in your senior’s recovery, and in their ability to live the life they deserve after their stroke.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Edina, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.