The National Stroke Association lists stroke as the fifth top cause of death in America, with approximately 800,000 individuals having a stroke on an annual basis. This means that every 40 seconds a person in some location in the U.S. has a stroke. And every 4 minutes someone dies resulting from a stroke.
If you are caring for an older or chronically ailing friend or family member who is at an increased risk for stroke, it’s crucial to be certain you can discern the warning signs of a stroke. The quicker you find assistance, the better the chance the individual will live through the stroke. Stroke symptoms include sudden onset of:
- Feeling weak or numb in the leg, arm, or face – predominantly on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble with understanding or speaking
- Blurred vision or difficulty seeing
- Difficulties with walking, feeling dizzy, loss of balance or coordination
- Extreme headache without a known cause
If you detect these potential signs of stroke in someone, be sure to act F.A.S.T.
Face: Ask the person to smile and observe if one side appears to droop.
Arms: Ask the person to lift both arms. Does one arm seem to droop downward?
Speech: Ask the individual to repeat a simple sentence. When he/she does, observe if speech slurs or if the person is unable to put together words correctly.
Time: Time is critical! If you notice any of the warning signs above, call 911 immediately or get the person to the hospital as soon as possible!
At Live Well at Home serving Lincoln, CA and the surrounding area, we pride ourselves on providing professional, extensively trained caregivers to care for your loved ones. We provide a broad array of senior home care services, such as companionship, assistance with meals, personal care, and housecleaning, to meet all your in-home care needs. You can reach us at 916-459-3220 or contact us online to learn more about our Lincoln senior care services or to schedule a complimentary in-home evaluation. To learn more about all of the areas we serve in California, please visit our Service Area page.