One method that has been used to help assess the recovery of someone who has suffered from a stroke is examining the rate at which blood flow resumes as normal to the brain after a stroke. Current research indicates that this might not be the best way to tell if someone has fully recovered from a stroke, though. New data indicates that blood flow to the brain recovers at a much faster rate than the brain heals after someone suffers from a microstroke.
A team of neurobiologists from Rice University in Texas came to this conclusion recently. They published their findings in the journal, Science Advances, earlier in May.
With this new information regarding how a stroke impacts the brain, doctors will be better equipped to help patients that have suffered from a stroke make a more complete recovery. People who may have suffered from a permanent disability because of their stroke have a little bit more hope now that scientists understand that some of the tests that were being used to help indicate whether recovery had taken place or not were not one hundred percent accurate.
Most strokes are ischemic, which occurs when a blood clot temporarily blocks blood flow to the brain. This new piece of information should help doctors to more fully evaluate a stroke patient and help them get more extensive treatment as needed.
A stroke is debilitating for a senior. Even if they recover–which is more and more possible as researchers like these make advances in their understandings of what a stroke is and how it impacts the body–the likelihood of a second stroke can make life difficult. Oftentimes, when a senior suffers from a stroke more intensive supervision is needed. This doesn’t necessarily need to be the nursing home. In fact, the nursing home tends to be much more than what the typical senior needs. However, something is often needed and families may struggle to be able to safely and adequately care for a loved one that is recovering from a stroke.
Less invasive types of care, such as in-home care, can be ideal in situations like this. Your loved one has had a life changing event, but they don’t necessarily need a life changing type of care to help them better their quality of life. Rather, they just need someone with training and emergency know-how to be closeby, just in case. This is one of the many things that in-home care can accomplish.
When you have a caregiver come to your loved one, their life doesn’t have to dramatically change. They are able to stay where they’ve been living and not have to worry about relocating to a home. They can continue to do the things that they love doing in the comfort of their own place, but with an extra layer of protection to help them stay there–just in case. For a lot of people, this is exactly what they need in order to keep life as pleasant and peaceful as possible. It’s just the right amount of help, without stripping them of their independence and pride.