If your client appears to be having certain symptoms, you should contact 9-1-1 immediately. Symptoms include the following:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
The reason to get help right away is because more than 795,000 people have strokes annually. This medical condition is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Besides death, the other long-term disabilities that are caused by strokes are just as disconcerting and can be the reason that caregivers are needed in the first place.
When people reach the age of 55, risk is certain. Nearly three-quarters of strokes happen in people over 65. Risk doubles every decade in people over 55. Race plays a large part in whether or not people are likely to have strokes. African Americans are much more likely than people of other races to have strokes.
Knowing this will help caregivers display that With Age Comes Respect which is the most important task that a caregiver can perform each and every day!