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How can I help my brother who has had a stroke and is in a nursing home?

How can I help my brother who has had a stroke and is in a nursing home?

Be there for him: Your support & willingness to help are what counts. Aid with activities of personal hygiene are important to self-esteem as well as comfort. As your brother's doctor for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Stroke (Definition)

Stroke is a loss of neurological function due to loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. This can be the result of clotting locally, an embolus from elsewhere in the vascular system or bleeding in the brain. It is usually manifest by a sudden ...Read more


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Who will treat me in a new nursing home if at risk for stroke?

Who will treat me in a new nursing home if at risk for stroke?

The House Physician: Usually, nursing homes have a medical director/house physician who is visiting each patient on a weekly basis. They would be the people taking care of your medical needs while in a nursing home. ...Read more

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When an elderly person has a second stroke should she ever be sent back to nursing home?

When an elderly person has a second stroke should she ever be sent back to nursing home?

Depends: The number of strokes does not dictate return to a nursing home. The level of function and the need with assistance with activity of daily living does. ...Read more

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Hi, my father is suffering from a stroke for 4 years already. He couldn't talk, eat or move. He's in the nursing home now, what can I do?

Hi, my father is suffering from a stroke for 4 years already. He couldn't talk, eat or move. He's in the nursing home now, what can I do?

Encouragement: You should visit him often for encouragement. From what you say, it must have been a very significant stroke. Sometimes, not much can be done in cases like this. A neurologist can help answer any question you may have. If possible, physical therapy should be working with him. After four years, there is little chance that he will recover beyond where he is presently. ...Read more

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Had basal ganglia stroke, over holiday, sent to nursing home, no pt or therapy over holiday. What to do?

See comments: Holiday weekends include rehab staff, but a few days delay will not destroy your recovery chances. Suggest you communicate with your therapists and doctors regarding any concerns, or needs. Not sure if you are taking an anti-platelet med such as aggrenox, or on a statin drug, to prevent future strokes. Both pt and ot should be part of your team. Maybe a team meeting will reassure you. ...Read more

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Geriatrics md: how could daughter sign mom up for nursing home without consent and then deny medical sibling access to info?

Geriatrics md: how could daughter sign mom up for nursing home without consent and then deny medical sibling access to info?

Need a bit more info: What state are we talking about? Does daughter have durable power of attorney? What do you mean when you say "medical sibling"? The best thing may be for you to discuss this with a lawyer who deals with these issues on a regular basis. ...Read more

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My 92 yr old aunt is in a nursing home should she get her flu shot early? Sometimes the nursing home is so slow at giving out the shot.

My  92 yr old aunt is in a nursing home
should she get her flu shot early?
Sometimes the nursing home is so slow at giving out the shot.

Sooner the better: The vaccine has been available through my office for 8 weeks & my staff & i were immunized immediately. There is ample reason to get it as soon as it is available. ...Read more

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My mom is in a nursing home and has frequent urinary incontinence. What is causing this and who should I get to treat this?

My mom is in a nursing home and has frequent urinary incontinence.  What is causing this and who should I get to treat this?

Check for infection: One of the reasons elderly patients may develop acute urinary incontinence is urinary tract infection; prostate problems( in men), bladder problems( hyperactive bladder) , neurological problems, hydrocephalus ( normal pressure hydrocephalus) etc... ...Read more

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Will this medication hurt my mother? My mother is in a nursing home and had been prescribed hydrocodone for pain. She started having low blood pressure/heart beat/diziness/bizarre behavior. She's been sent to the emergency room three times in the last t

Will this medication hurt my mother? My mother is in a nursing home and had been prescribed hydrocodone for pain.  She started having low blood pressure/heart beat/diziness/bizarre behavior.  She's been sent to the emergency room three times in the last t

Confusion: Narcotics such as hydrocodone often create sedation, confusion and constipation. It is safer to use high-dose tylenol (two 500mg acetaminophen) every 6-8 hours to control pain, provided one avoids alcohol and has ones liver function checked periodically. Regarding blood pressure, pulse and dizziness, blood pressure should be checked sitting and standing and doctor examine the patient. ...Read more

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