If you or a loved one has had a stroke, the road to recovery can be long and difficult. However, with in-home health services, the road is made easier. There are a variety of services that can be provided for a stroke survivor in their home to make the process less difficult. The following are only a few of the important services to aid in your stroke recovery.
Mobility is often a big problem after a stroke, so going through physical therapy is crucial. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to travel to a facility to engage in this important activity. Having a physical therapist come to your home and help you learn and perform the exercises that will bring more functionality and coordination to your body will speed your recovery.
Loss of speech among stroke victims is common, and the extent of this loss will vary from one individual to the next. But just like physical rehabilitation of your body, learning to speak again or simply improving your speech is something that will happen quicker with professional help. A speech therapist can come to your home on a regular basis to help guide you in developing better communication by using specific techniques designed to help those who have had a stroke.
A health worker with knowledge of stroke recovery can modify your home to make your rehabilitation easier. Some of this may simply be rearranging furniture and items in your kitchen to make your daily routine easier, given your level of mobility. Some modifications may take installation. One example would be hand rails, especially for those with living space upstairs, but they can also be added to a hallway to make it easier when moving back and forth from the living room to the bathroom or a bedroom.
Mental health counseling
Often the beginning of physical therapy starts quickly and is done at the hospital before you are released, but as you begin your recovery, it is common to suffer from issues related to mental health. Not being able to do many of the things you did in the past as well as having brain functioning issues can lead to depression and other mental health problems. A health worker can provide the counseling and motivation needed to keep you going down the right path.
In time, those who have suffered from a stroke may make a full recovery while others will make a partial recovery. But having services available to you in your own home will make the road to recovery an easier path to travel.