One of the most difficult parts of the recovery process for stroke victims is rehabilitation. While some functions may return to the senior easily, others may take more work and effort. It is extremely important that stroke victims get involved in as many activities as possible to ensure a healthy and full recovery – which is where dedicated caregivers come into play. Reliable caregivers that use ClearCare’s home care system and home care software can effectively monitor and manage all aspects of the stroke patient’s care – including physical rehabilitation and activities.
1. Passive Range of Motion Exercises
Passive range of motion exercises are a series of activities that can prevent painful “frozen shoulder syndrome” from developing in stroke recovery patients. Best suited for patients who have suffered paralysis on one side of the body, passive range of motion activities can be used on the shoulder, knee, ankle, foot, toes, elbows, wrists and fingers.
During these activities, the care provider moves the patient’s joints through the entire range of motion to help stimulate blood flow and prevent the joints from becoming stiff and tight. Once the patient has begun to recover strength, he can begin more active range of motion activities on his own.
Care agencies that utilize ClearCare’s sophisticated home care system can make note of which patients require what kind of assistance during these activities. Caregivers can then easily refer back to their home care software each time they visit the stroke patient so each daily tasks is fresh in mind.
2. Stretching and Strength Training
Muscles often lose tone after a stroke. Stretching on a regular basis can help the patient regain their strength and prevent joint contracture or “muscle shortening.” In addition to stretching, stroke rehabilitation also involves strength or resistance training. Care providers can assist the patient move different body parts against resistance using dumbbells or exercise bands.
This type of activity is progressive; caregivers will need to be careful that they don’t allow their patients to overexert or overextend themselves. Proper charting using home care software is an ideal way to monitor the patient’s recovery progress. Agencies can track each client with ClearCare’s home care system and match them with appropriate caregivers.
3. Brain (Cognitive) Exercises
Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn skills that have been lost as a result of the damage to their brain. Caregivers can aid the stroke patient by engaging her in mental exercises that aim to improve memory, problem solving and reasoning. Puzzles and word games are excellent activities to help the stroke victim recover cognitive function and comprehension.
Care providers can search for memory or skill games online and note the sites on their home care software.
Improved short-term survival after stroke has resulted in a population of an estimated 4,700,000 stroke survivors in the United States. In combination with a dependable home care system, rehabilitation at home allows for greater flexibility so stroke patients can receive care that’s customized specifically for them.
When care agencies use ClearCare’s home care system and home care software program in an effort to provide better care and rehabilitation activities, patients can enjoy satisfying and independent lives.