Brentwood In-Home Stroke Care: How Skilled Is Your Caregiver?

hands paintWhen a family brings in an in-home caregiver, they expect their caregiver to have a full breadth of knowledge about stroke, risks for stroke, and signs of heart attacks.  However, according to a new study from Linköping University, “there seems to be ignorance among those caring for stroke patients about how things are for patients the week before they die,” says Heléne Eriksson, a doctoral candidate with 25 years of nursing experience.  It appears that cancer care professionals are more adept at recognizing signs of the end of life and are therefore better at preparing their patients for palliative care.  About 20% of stroke patients die within a month of the event, and 40% pass away within a year.  A-1 Home Care in Brentwood has various types of in-home care for all stages of life, and their caregivers have years of stroke and hospice care experience.  This is why families have turned to A-1 Home Care for over 24 years, because they know their elderly loved ones would be in the hands of experts.

Is your elderly loved one at risk for stroke?  Consider these risk factors:

  • Physical inactivity – Lack of exercise puts you at risk for high blood pressure, Diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Family History – Your chances for stroke increase if you have a close family member such as a parent or sibling who has had a stroke
  • Age – After age 55, the risk increases by 200% for each decade
  • Prior History – If you’ve already suffered a heart attack or stroke in the past, your risks increase at least tenfold.

It’s always a good idea to have some kind of in-home preparation in the event that your loved one suffers a stroke.  A skilled caregiver from A-1 Home Care will recognize signs of stroke such as difficulty with walking, coordination impairment, sudden visual loss, slurred speech or rapid involuntary eye movement.  In addition to providing seasoned, skilled elder care support, A-1 Home Care’s 24-hour care also entails assistance with meal preparation, cleaning, light housekeeping, and transportation to medical and dental appointments around Brentwood.

Seniors who live alone and suffer a stroke are especially vulnerable to permanent damage if no one is around to provide emergency care right then and there.  Call on A-1 Home Care for all your elder care needs, be it 24 hours a day or a few hours a week!  A-1 Home Care is an established licensed, bonded and insured home care agency serving Brentwood and other surrounding communities, such as Beverly Hills, Culver City, Century City, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Torrance.


For more information about Stroke Care, call A-1 Home Care today (310) 657-8780 or visit

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