When a stroke hits, it affects either the left or right side. You get the call that no one wants to receive. Your dad is in the ER following a stroke. You rush to the hospital and learn the stroke hit the right side of your dad’s brain. What happens now?
Understanding a Stroke
When a person has a stroke, it’s going to be one of two types. There’s an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke.
Ischemic strokes are the most common type and account for 8 out of 10 strokes. With this type of stroke, a vessel within the brain is blocked by plaque or a blood clot and ends up being starved of oxygen. When the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it stops working.
A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a vessel within the brain ruptures and creates a brain bleed. They usually start with a very intense, sudden headache that comes with weakness in the face or limbs and nausea/vomiting.
Skills Lost After a Right Brain Stroke
When the stroke occurs in the right side of the brain, function on the left side of the body is affected. Your dad may be completely unable to move his left arm or leg. He’s going to have a hard time with vision. You may notice he suddenly has problems with his memory and has a short attention span.
Your dad may struggle to communicate how he’s feeling. He may have a hard time writing. Hand-eye coordination reduces after a right brain stroke, and your dad is likely to be very sleepy.
He may have a hard time swallowing foods and his own saliva, so aspiration pneumonia becomes a risk. With aspiration pneumonia, the difficulty with swallowing leads to saliva getting into the lungs where it creates a bacterial infection. If this happens, your dad will need to beat pneumonia before he can leave the hospital.
What Happens Next?
Once he’s recovered enough to undergo therapy, your dad will be moved to a rehab center where he’ll relearn many of the skills he needs to age at home. The severity of the stroke determines how long he’ll be in rehab.
Back at Home
Call a home health care agency to make sure your dad has the caregivers he needs to remain at home. He’ll likely need help with meal preparation, mobility, and medication reminders. If you work, you might also need a senior care specialist who can drive your dad to the many appointments he’ll have with doctors and therapists. Don’t delay making this call. Call a home health care agency and have everything in place for your dad’s return.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.