Stroke Care Service

Very few licensed in-home care agencies in DFW in business over 17 years have worked extensively with Stroke patients, as we do, can claim all this!

A ZERO STATE COMPLAINT HISTORY – Providing In-Home Care for Stroke Clients.

Care Mountain’s highly specialized in-home Stroke care matching process between client and caregiver is a part of this success. This matching process results in one of the highest home health care agency success rates caring for someone at home with Stroke recovery.
Care Mountain enjoys the highest level of Stroke recovery home care and rehabilitation expertise in the Dallas – Fort Worth TX area. We work closely with leading hospitals across DFW, including for example UT South Western for patients recovering from stroke
  • The journey to recovery from a stroke is a combination of hard work, faith, and hope. A stroke doesn’t just occur to an individual, it impacts families, friends, and loved ones. Once your loved one leaves the hospital, the reality of the situation typically sinks in during the first few days at home.
  • For the affected person, strokes injure the brain and results in a range of impairments and difficulties across their body. Recovery often takes time – it takes frequent and persistent rehab both in the hospital and at home. And the journey is usually more complicated if the stroke affected person also has co-morbid conditions like Dyslipidemia, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Depression, Bladder or Bowel dysfunctions. Typically, only 40% of stroke survivors are successful in achieving rehab goals.
  • For family members, caring for a stroke patient at home comes with a lot of challenges. The physical aspect of caring can be very demanding. In addition, coping with the emotional stress that comes from the changes in your loved one’s personality, moods and behavior is even more challenging.

With our experience having served many stroke patients, there are 5 key things to keep in mind as you plan for a loved one’s Stroke home care journey:

  •  1. Safety – This cannot be stressed enough. The last thing you want as a family member is to inadvertently end up compromising safety for your loved one and having them back in rehab even more frustrated! In our view, it is better to be safe than sorry and over plan this aspect. With today’s medical equipment availability (e.g sit to stand lifts, hoyer lifts, shower boards, grab bars, wheel chairs), there is a lot we can together do to ensure your loved one’s safety in the bed, in the bathroom, in the shower, and in your home.
  •  2. Prepare yourself for your loved one’s mood and personality changes The losses caused from a stroke are both physically and emotionally huge to the survivor. There are a lot of pent up feelings including anger, resentment, feeling victimized that crop up after a stroke. As Dr Selenick, a prominent expert on stroke rehab and neurorehabilitation says in his book “Try not to tell your loved one that you know how they feel, because you don’t really know. Offer love, patience, and support, but expect resent, anger and stubbornness”. Accepting life changes after stroke is important in navigating the recovery path.
  • 3. Balance the “tripod of care” — in home care provider, Doctor and Rehab facility Your integrated care team of doctor, rehab, and in home care provider work like the three legs of a tripod, in balance and synergy, to help your loved one achieve a good trajectory for post stroke life, and minimize the likelihood of a subsequent stroke or readmission.
  • 4. Pace yourself. This is a marathon Recovery from a stroke cannot be rushed. The brain is gradually rebuilding damaged synapses. A recovery from a stroke feels closer to a long-distance marathon than a short-term sprint. The body is recovering as well and activities that were routine (e.g., walking, moving hands) present new physical challenges. Being patient with your loved one, yourself and your professional caregivers is critical to assure measurable and small steps in recovery. The idea is to continually achieve small, measurable and consistent improvements every day without feeling rushed to a deadline. After every few weeks, take a half hour to systematically track and evaluate progress on your loved one’s stroke recovery journey.
  • 5. Self care Remember to care for yourself as you care for your loved one. For families dealing with the challenges of caring for a loved one with stroke can be emotionally draining. Do remember to take time out for yourself to recoup emotionally and physically from these challenges.