A caregiver has many things to look out for when providing elderly care.  There is safety in the home, the diet and nutrition of the elder concerned, making sure medication is taken on time…. the list is endless.

What we are looking at here is how to is how to spot a potentially life threatening condition in time to have the emergency services react to it swiftly.

Thing to know about a stroke:

According to the dictionary a stroke is a blockage or hemorrhage of a blood vessel leading to the brain producing inadequate oxygen supply. The effects are: the affected area cannot function, and that is reflected on our ability to talk or understand others, the vision can decline or loss of movement affecting one or more limbs or even one side of the body.

A stroke can cause neurological damage or even death so it is important that people consider it as a medical emergency. In the United States of America strokes are the leading cause of disability.

How to identify a stroke:

Symptoms are not easy to identify. If a caregiver fails to recognize stroke symptoms, the person suffering it can have severe brain damage. Neurologists say that a stroke victim treated within three hours after the episode can be left with no stroke effects. The person who is with the victim at that moment should ask these three questions (STR):

Smile– Ask the victim to SMILE
Talk– Ask the person to TALK by uttering a simple phrase.
Raise– ask the person to RAISE both arms.

You can also ask them to show you their tongue, if it is bent or goes to one side it is an indicator for a stroke.

If you are a non-medically trained caregiver looking after a friend or family member it would be wise for you to do a first aid course so as to be more aware of this and other serious conditions you might face.

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