A family friend had a stroke a week or so ago. This is always sad because strokes, especially if not caught fast enough, cause a world of issues and tend to diminish life as we know it.
In addition to the stroke, our friend is 92 years old and lived alone….until now. When she was originally released from the local hospital the middle of last week, she was taken to a mid-Michigan assisted living center. That lasted for less than 48 hours.
Let me tell you, there is much to be said about cornering an elder when they are used to freedom; to do, eat, sleep and leisure as they please. Many don’t like to have to fall into routine – especially a bathing routine. Baths and showers, many times, are enough to cause WWIII to begin!
Besides not wanting to expose themselves to anybody and everybody, elders have poor circulation and hate to be cold. Being exposed and wet makes things even worse!
I am going to go over strokes and possible outcomes after a stroke. I am going to give hints as to how to deal kindly, yet accurately, and always display that With Age Comes Respect.
The more caregivers know, the better off their services will be!