Our caregivers are trained to support you in regaining movement in a paralyzed arm or leg after a stroke. There are five types of exercises that we recommended at ADA Extended Home Care as a part of caregiving services for post-stroke care for the elderly.
Do you feel numbness, tingling or you have trouble feeling different temperatures like hot or cold?
If a stroke damaged the right side of the brain, then you may develop problems with a sensation that can be improved with sensory reeducation exercises. These simply reteach your brain how to interpret your senses.
Our experienced caregivers will guide you in these 5 simple exercises. Repeat each exercise at least 10 times and practice for about 10-15 minutes a day.
Gather together objects with different textures ( soft scarves, rough sandpaper, fluffy cotton balls, rough Velcro, and cool silverware) and place them onto a table in front of you. Then, without looking at the objects, pick them up and feel them. Try to distinguish the difference between textures.
Fill a bowl with uncooked rice and bury different textured objects in it, like marbles, coins, Velcro strips, cotton balls, etc. Then, reach your hand into the bowl and try to find the objects without looking.
Let your caregiver put different objects in your hand with your eyes open. Sense of how these objects feel. Once you’ve gone through all the objects and observed how they feel, perform the exercise again with your eyes closed.
Your caregiver will prepare two bottles of water, one filled with warm water and the other one with cold water. Then, the caregiver will put the cold bottle on your affected arm. Try to sense what that feels like. After 30 seconds, the caregiver will switch the cold bottle with the warm one. Try to sense the difference in temperature.
Then, close your eyes. Have your caregiver place one bottle on your arm and try to determine if you’re feeling heat or cold. Repeat this exercise back and forth alternating from hot to cold.
Close your eyes and have a caregiver place her hand somewhere on your affected arm. Then, point to the area that you think she touched. If you don’t point to the correct area, have your caregiver move your hand. Then, open your eyes to visually absorb the information. Feedback like this helps retrain your brain. It’s like telling your brain, “I was not touched here, I was touched there.”
Repeat this exercise at least 10 times, preferably more!
Once you master this exercise, switch it up by having your caregiver touch you with different textured objects, like a Q-tip or metal spoon.
Always keep your eyes closed during the exercise, and if you perform the exercise incorrectly, open your eyes once your caregiver moves your finger to absorb the feedback.
ADA Extended Home Care provides senior care, home care assistance, in-home nursing for senior home care and health care for seniors with various conditions. There are also other services for elderly care such as Alzheimer’s & dementia care, stroke care, Parkinson’s care and post-hospital care.
ADA Extended Home Care is committed to providing quality home care for elderly and home help for seniors through caregiving services. We have a responsive and caring staff to make sure that quality home care services are given to our clients. We make sure our caregivers match with our clients by doing proper screenings to give the best senior care specific to each individual client.
Aside from the senior care and home health care services, our caregivers are also trained to provide other complementary services to make home care assistance for seniors a comfortable and pleasing one. Caregivers can also provide music therapy, passive range motion Exercise, and art appreciation for their elderly patients.
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