According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. This means that every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the U.S. experiences a stroke. And every 4 minutes someone dies from stroke.
As a home care professional, you’ll want to be sure that you and everyone you work with can immediately recognize the symptoms of a stroke. The quicker you get help, the more likely the person is to survive the stroke. Stroke symptoms include sudden:
- Numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headache with no known cause
If you recognize that someone is experiencing stroke symptoms, remember to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of his face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Can he repeat the sentence correctly? Are his words slurred?
Time: Time is of the essence! Call 911 right away or get to a hospital as fast as possible!
At Regency Home Care of Atlanta, we pride ourselves on providing attentive, well-trained caregivers to be with you or your loved one. All Regency employees are required to be Caregiver Quality Assurance Certified. To find out more about our 24-hour senior home care services in Atlanta, contact us today.