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Learn to Recognize the Warning Signs of a Stroke

emergency department sign - stroke warning signs

If you’re a caregiver in Pleasanton or a nearby area, Hillendale Home Care can provide training on recognizing the warning signs of a stroke.

Stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is listed as one of the leading causes of death in America, with approximately 800,000 people experiencing a stroke on an annual basis. In other words, approximately every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the U.S. is having a stroke. And every four minutes an individual dies from stroke. If you are providing care for an elder or chronically ill client who is at an elevated risk for stroke, it’s necessary to be sure you are able to recognize the warning signs of a stroke.

The more quickly you find professional assistance, the more likely the senior you serve will pull through the stroke. Stroke warning signs typically include sudden onset of:

  • Feeling weak or numb in the arm, face, or leg – notably on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Blurry vision or difficulty with vision
  • Difficulty walking, lightheadedness, loss of coordination or balance
  • Severe headache without any known cause

If you observe these stroke symptoms in someone, remember to act F.A.S.T.

Face: Ask the individual to smile and notice if one side seems to droop.

Arms: Ask the individual to lift up both arms. Does one arm droop down?

Speech: Ask the individual to repeat an easy sentence. When he does, take note if speech sounds slurred or if the individual is unable to speak words the proper way.

Time: Time is critical! If you observe any of the above warning signs of a stroke, call 911 right away!

At Hillendale Home Care, we pride ourselves on providing high quality training that equips caregivers to help seniors live in the comfort and familiarity of home. We offer both a certified nursing assistant and home health aide program in order to best prepare you for the career of a lifetime. Contact us online or call us at 925-297-2676 to learn more about becoming a caregiver in Pleasanton and nearby areas.