Medical care is a lot harder to access during this point in the pandemic than it has been throughout most of our lifetimes. Although some doctors’ offices are returning to business as normal, a lot of them are still being quite cautious when it comes to accepting patients. For example, my children had school physicals scheduled for mid-March that we had booked months ahead of time. Those appointments were indefinitely delayed when the shelter in place order went into effect. Their doctor still has not allowed us to reschedule the appointments.
But physicals for school age children are not a life threatening emergency. At best, this is a minor inconvenience. There are a lot of more serious medical appointments that have also been postponed. As you probably already know, medical emergencies aren’t planned. Just because we are not supposed to leave our house unless it is something important does not mean that medical emergencies won’t happen. They continue to happen, and medical attention is still a necessity, especially for things like strokes.
Stroke experts out of the University of Cincinnati have recently offered updated guidelines so that people who do suffer from a stroke during this time are not lacking the careful medical attention that they need. A stroke can be a life changing event. Even though times are tough right now, that fact has not changed.
The most important takeaway from this publication was that even if someone has COVID-19, they should still seek treatment for stroke if and when necessary. The window for treating a stroke effectively is narrow, and it is even more important that treatment be sought immediately if there are concerns about the novel coronavirus involved.
They published their recommendations in the medical journal, Stroke.
Whatever your loved one’s needs might be, having strong senior care on your side can make it a little bit easier. That goes for stroke and a variety of other conditions that your family might be up against. And in light of this, it’s important to remember that not all types of care are the same. What’s great in one situation might be a complete disaster in another. That means you need to know which type of care is going to be the most helpful for your family’s particular set of circumstances.
We can help. Our trained care team is here to answer your questions about senior care. And we know that a lot has changed over the last several weeks, so we’re going to take that into account for you. We can offer you a free consultation over the phone or through video chat and make sure that your questions are answered and that your mind is at ease about this difficult decision. We know that things are hard right now, so we want to make sure that you are informed and happy about whatever decision you make. Maybe in-home care through us is the best choice, maybe you decide to go with another service. That’s fine. Our goal is to help you make the best choice possible.