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Stroke Warning Signs that All Caregivers Need to Know

By Greg Bridges, RN, MA, 8:00 am on

When a senior experiences a stroke, the effects can be devastating and even fatal. Strokes can be caused by a clot of blood or fatty tissue that blocks blood flow to the brain or by bleeding from a ruptured cerebral artery. If you provide home care for an aging parent, knowing the warning signs of an impending stroke can help you get your loved one medical help quickly, halting the damaging process before serious brain injury or death occurs.

Stroke Warning Signs

Every warning sign and symptom that a person experiences when an impending stroke is imminent is caused by an interruption of blood flow to a portion of the brain. Help should be sought immediately if a loved one experiences any of the following:

  • Unexplained dizziness
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Altered vision or sudden blindness in one or both eyes
  • Severe headache that comes on suddenly
  • Inability to walk properly and poor coordination
  • Disorientation to one’s self, the current location and time

Get Help Immediately

The signs of an impending stroke are the same that individuals experience when they are having a transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIAs are temporary and leave no damaging effects, but they are often a precursor to stroke. If a person has experienced TIAs in the past, and he or she is having symptoms, the signs should not be ignored. It is impossible to distinguish between a TIA and a stroke before the event is over, and then it may be too late to receive help.

Acting FAST

Watchful caregivers can easily recognize the signs of a stroke by remembering the symptoms with an easy to remember acronym. FAST stands for the following warning signs:

  • Facial drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 9-1-1

If your aging parent or loved one has recently experienced a stroke, reach out to Home Care Assistance and learn more about our Oklahoma stroke care services. Available on an hourly or live-in basis, our highly trained and compassionate stroke caregivers can assist with cooking, feeding, personal care, medication reminders, transportation and so much more. They can also act as another set of eyes and ears, helping to ensure that any side effects of stroke are identified immediately and reported to your loved one’s doctor. For more information, schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager by calling 405-285-4191 – we’re here to help 24/7.