Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury Care

After experiencing a stroke, people often face a combination of physical and cognitive obstacles. Initiating rehabilitation early can significantly aid in the recovery journey, lessening the disruptions to daily life.

The length of rehabilitation varies depending on factors such as the seriousness of the stroke, the complexities of the brain injury, the person’s determination, the expertise of the healthcare professionals involved, and the support system provided by friends and family.

Stroke remains the leading contributor to substantial and enduring disability across the United States. According to the CDC, in 2018, stroke accounted for about 1 in 19 fatalities in the US. By 2021, this proportion had risen significantly to 1 in 6 deaths.

On a distressing note, strokes strike approximately every 40 seconds, claiming a life every 3 minutes and 14 seconds. When considered independently from other cardiovascular ailments, stroke stands as the fifth most common cause of death in the US. Particularly alarming is the fact that over half of stroke survivors aged 65 and above encounter diminished mobility.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) happens when a sudden injury harms the brain. A “closed head injury” may result in brain damage if there’s a strong impact on head without breaking the skull. A “penetrating head injury” occurs when an object breaks through the skull and enters the brain, often caused by severe head trauma from falls or car accidents, or the shaking of the brain within the skull, commonly associated with sports or high-energy explosions.

As per the CDC, falls are the primary cause of TBI, especially for young children and adults over 65. Other common causes include accidental blunt force trauma, motor vehicle accidents, and violent assaults.

Approximately 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injuries. Studies consistently show that males are more prone to TBIs than females. The highest injury rate is observed between the ages of 15-24 years, with increased risk for persons under 5 or over 75 years of age.

Recovering at home with Tri-County Home Care of Florida is important for long-term independence. Early rehab helps recovery and reduces disability. The duration depends on factors like stroke severity, brain injury deficits, motivation, care professional expertise, and support.

Rehabilitation is crucial for those recovering from a stroke, brain injury, or other neurological conditions. It helps survivors, especially seniors with declining health, overcome physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges, improving their independence and overall quality of life. Studies show that engaging in a focused rehabilitation program leads to significantly better outcomes than not participating in one.

Physical Therapy

As we age, staying physically healthy is crucial for a vibrant and independent life. Physical therapy for seniors, personalized to improve mobility and manage pain, is essential. Whether recovering from an injury, dealing with chronic conditions, or staying active, physical therapy plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for older adults.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is essential for recovery. If the patient struggles with everyday tasks like balancing, focusing, or reaching for things, an occupational therapist can help relearn these skills. With time and support, patients can regain independence and resume activities they enjoy.

Speech Therapy

Stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect communication, cognition, and swallowing skills. Speech therapy helps to recover these skills by rewiring the brain, allowing healthy areas to take over these functions. Utilizing personalized exercises and adaptive techniques, speech therapy is an effective way to enhance communication, cognition, and swallowing functions.

Home Care for Stroke or TBI Patients includes: 

Personal Assistance
Bathing, toileting, incontinence care, grooming, dressing, walking.

Meal Prep & Diet Planning
Nutritious & delicious meals, diet planning, feeding.

Medication Management
Reminders, supervision, pill box, organization.

Transportation & Errands
Schedule planning and assistance (MD visits, appointments, errands, outings)

Companionship & Recreation
Conversation and (assistance with reading, games, crafts, puzzles)

Light home cleaning, laundry, linen changes.

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