Getting emergency care as quickly as possible is key for surviving a
stroke. The emergency care team at Mercy Hospital urges our neighbors to become
familiar with the warning signs of stroke and to call 911 if these symptoms
develop. However, surviving a stroke is only the first step in a long
road to recovery. Stroke survivors can expect intensive rehabilitation
sessions with their therapists. Along with regaining functional abilities,
stroke survivors may need to learn how to do daily tasks differently.
Grooming presents a major problem for many stroke survivors, since these
routines require precise movements and manipulation of small objects. To
make your grooming routine easier, consider asking your hair stylist for a low maintenance “wash and
wear” style. An electric shaver can reduce the risk of nicks compared
to a razor blade. If you have trouble removing caps and lids, consider
keeping these objects on the bathroom counter with their lids permanently
removed or loosened. Use floss picks or a water flosser, which only require
one hand. Your occupational therapist may have other suggestions for your
unique needs, such as mounted nail clippers for one-handed use.
Consider altering your wardrobe to make it easier for you to get dressed
independently. Clothing with Velcro closures, elastic waistbands, and
snaps may be easier to manage. Place your affected leg or arm into the
clothing item first before placing your unaffected leg or arm into it.
Get undressed in reverse; take out your unaffected limb first, followed
by the affected limb.
Cleaning may require alternative tools, such as long-handled dusters, long-handled
squeegees, and mops with disposable cleaning pads. As much as possible,
break your tasks into small steps and focus on doing one step at a time.
Take breaks as needed and sit down while cleaning whenever possible.
If you or someone else could be experiencing a stroke in the Miami area,
please call 911 without delay for rapid transportation to the Emergency
Mercy Hospital. We are a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission and
we offer intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. For
general healthcare information, you can speak with a registered nurse
at (305) 854-4400.