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A Guide to Home-Based Physical Therapy After a Stroke

Patient And Her Nurse
Strokes strike people of all ages and potentially rob them of their physical independence. Thankfully, at home physical therapy provides stroke victims with an excellent chance to recover. Understanding more about this process can help the friends and family members of stroke patients offer a higher quality of life for their loved ones. 
Home Care Keeps Seniors Independent After a Stroke
Physical therapy after a stroke takes many different forms. For example, many stroke patients receive in-hospital care by a multitude of specialists. Hospital-based physical therapy methods include complex stretches, water-based aerobics, and other types of specialized treatment methods. 
Traveling or visiting nurses provide home-based care techniques to adapt a stroke patient to their new range of skills. In many circumstances, treatment methods include teaching stroke victims how to approach simple tasks, like washing their hair, with a more limited range of motion. In this way, at-home treatment helps a stroke victim retain independence in their home. 
For example, a traveling nurse helps a stroke victim walk to and from the bathroom to increase their leg strength and stamina. Even better, walking with a patient improves their confidence and makes walking more comfortable to do on their own. Just as importantly, traveling nurses provide range-of-motion exercises to strengthen the muscles of their patients. 
Therapy Routines Can Be Done on Varying Schedules
After a stroke, a specialist assesses the capabilities of the stroke patient and decide how often therapy methods should be utilized. When this assessment finishes, physical therapy from a traveling nurse utilizes many different treatment schedules:
  • Weekly Visits - During a weekly visit, a traveling nurse takes care of the basic needs of a stroke patient, such as doing their laundry.
  • Care a Few Times a Week - Traveling nurses visit a patient two or three times a week to help with more persistent issues, such as taking baths.
  • Daily Care - Some stroke patients may need daily visits from a traveling nurse to help with more regular issues, such as preparing food or getting dressed. 
  • Multiple Daily Visits - Stroke patients with more severe movement restrictions may need multiple visits from a traveling nurse every day.
Once a schedule has been decided on for a stroke victim, the nurse follows a stroke victim's care needs and adjusts the treatment schedule as necessary. In some instances, they may be able to decrease the frequency of a patient's visits by improving their capabilities. 
Family Members Can Help With Stroke Recovery
While traveling nurses help stroke patients with physical therapy methods, family members of the stroke patient also need to help. When loved ones step in to help with a stroke victim's physical rehabilitation, the chances of recovery success improves by creating a more consistent and coherent care method.
For example, family members of stroke patients can perform simple physical therapy exercises when nurses are not available. While untrained family members shouldn't perform complex treatments such as focused movements or stretches, they can help with activities like walking and some hand motion exercises and techniques.
Family members can also take their loved one out of the house to go shopping and to perform other simple activities. Getting seniors out of the house from time to time ensures that they don't get bored and also improves their feelings of independence and usefulness. 
We are Available to Help Injured Loved Ones
Physical therapy after a stroke helps people stay in their home and retain as much independence as possible. Beyond that benefit, physical therapy also helps with depression and anxiety by giving a person a stronger sense of purpose after a stroke. So if you have a loved one who is suffering after a stroke, contact A Visiting Redi-Nurse to get help.

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