Shad Crookston is the Executive Director for Life Care at Home where they stress educating the patient about the different types of strokes and how they are caused.
The Reach program helps to educate patients about the disease process, home recovery process, and stroke prevention. For example, the program educates the patient about the different types of strokes and how they are caused.
A) An Embolic Stroke: is caused when a blood clot forms somewhere in the body and travels through the bloodstream to the brain.
B) A Thrombotic Stroke: is caused by a blockage to one of the arteries supplying blood flow to the brain.
C) A Hemorrhagic Stroke: is caused by the breakage of a blood vessel in the brain.
The Reach program instructs patients on how to prevent another stroke. For example,
A) Controlling high blood pressure
B) Exercising and eating a low fat diet (A home exercise program developed by a Physical Therapist)
C) Stop smoking
D) Limit alcohol consumption
E) Control your weight
F) Control your diabetes
The Reach program also helps patients to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. For example,
A) Sudden numbness or weakness of the arms or legs on one side of the body
B) Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
C) Sudden vision problems
D) Sudden severe headache with no known cause
The Reach program incorporates the use of different therapist to help the individual recover from a stroke.
A) Nursing will help the patient manage any blood thinning medications and pain
B) Speech Therapy will work with the patient to improve their speech or swallowing
C) Physical Therapy will work with the patient to improve their ability to ambulate and transfer.
For more information, you can visit Life Care at Home. You can find them online at www.lcca.com.