How should domestic helpers practice home care for post-stroke elderly?: Y Good Helper x Fair Agency

Stroke ranks fourth as a fatal disease in Hong Kong, and is also a common cause of disability for adults. For those affected by stroke, home care is essential.

A stroke may happen suddenly, without pain, or during sleep. Symptoms of a stroke are commonly:

  • Slurred speech, trouble speaking, or trouble understanding speech
  • Drooping of one side of the face
  • Sudden loss of strength in limbs, numbing, weakness or fainting
  • Sudden trouble seeing from one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

When an elderly employer experiences a stroke, home care is critical to supporting their recovery. Adequate home care can also actively prevent a stroke from recurring. This can be done by paying attention to three main aspects of home care: diet, lifestyle and mental health.

Post-stroke home care: Diet

You can consider the following dietary tips for post-stroke home care:

  • Create meal plans in line with dietary recommendations from the doctor
  • Limit oil and fat, salt, sugar and alcohol intake
  • Increase intake of certain foods to prevent and address constipation

Post-stroke home care: Lifestyle

You can consider the following lifestyle tips for post-stroke home care:

  • Encourage the employer to do mild exercise at home
  • Help the employer practise simple routines at home (eg. going to the toilet, face washing or showering)
  • Install home care facilities such as fall and injury-prevention 
  • Do skincare to prevent pressure injury
  • Create alarms for medication reminders

Post-stroke home care: Mental Health

You can consider the following mental health tips for post-stroke home care:

  • Encourage the employer to share concerns with someone they trust
  • Encourage the employer to take up new hobbies
  • Support the employer in making plans with their loved ones and socialize

Learn more from Y Good Helper x Fair Agency: Basic dementia care for domestic helpers 

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