Personssuffering who have suffered stroke need special care after beingreleased from the hospital it is notable that the process ofrecovery begins after the release therefore patients potential needsshould be well attended at home. Home environment has significantimpact on stroke patient’s recovery(Kennedy2012). In the context of 70 yrs old patient it is important toidentify the potential needs to be well taken care of for quickrecovery considering the age. The underlying potential needs areessential so that she can recover fully her former independence.Taking into account that she suffered right-sided stroke, thepotential needs can be examined as follows:-
Sinceshe is paralyzed in one side of her body, it should be expected forher to be tired, suffer from extreme fatigue and have problems withbalance and coordination(Elizabeth2012).The potential need under this is for her to improve her body postureand balance.
Afterthe release from hospital the most common psychological conditionsare anxiety disorder and depression. Since she is aged she may feelhopeless and isolated from regular social activities, she may live infear and anxiety (Rodrigues 2009). The potential need here is to havepsychological assessment regularly from an assigned health careofficer.
Sufferingfrom right-sided stroke may affect muscles essential for speechtherefore she needs a therapy to assist her with communicationskills.
Thestroke has left her with severe disability, since she has a husbandshe needs to find new ways of going intimate with him(Kennedy2012). Sex does not put stroke patient any risk of having anotherstroke.
Theseneeds entail the functioning of the brain, because of her age she mayexperience memory lapse, poor concentration, loosing praxis and poorcommunication. Therefore she needs an assessment of her cognitivefunctions as part of rehabilitation.
Loveand care needs
Sheneeds someone who will care and support her this will speed up herrecovery process.
HEALTHPROFESSIONAL AND SERVICES
Toaddress the psychological impact she will need services from healthcare experts such as psychiatrist or psychological psychologist. Shewill also need a counselor to provide cognitive behavioral therapy sothat she can develop a positive perception about her health(Chang2014). Physiotherapist services shall be required for exercise toimprove her body fitness. Finally language therapist will help her toimprove her communication skills.
Thisis an effective approach adopted mostly by health care professionalswhen performing their duties. This approach will ensure that theunderlying stroke patient will get high quality healthcare servicesand safe patient care (Eduardo Salas 2013). The following health careprofessional will adopt this approach in the rehabilitation andrecovery process of the stroke patient in this context.
Therole of physiotherapist before her release from the hospital willassess the physical disability extent for the purpose of developingtreatment plan. As soon as her medical condition stabilizes,physiotherapist will begin physiotherapy short sessions increasingthe duration gradually for her to gain control and muscle strength(Carey 2012). Depending on the patients recovery speed, physiotherapycan last for months or years.
Psychiatristor clinical psychologist
Therole of the above healthcare professional is to provide support andadvice to help the patient to deal with psychological impact of thestroke(Brumfitt2009). The activities carried out are to assess the problemsassociated with emotions, anxiety and depression. Depending on thepatient’s response, medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy orcounseling can be adopted.
Languagetherapist plays the role of helping stroke patient to speak andunderstand this can also be extended to reading and writing. Heshould do the assessment of the underlying disability so that he cancreate a plan on how to help regarding communication skills.
Therole of careworkers is to help the patient during physiotherapysessions, motivate the patient, help the patient adapt the new lifeand finally provide emotional services to the patient.
Itis important to note that TeamSTEPPSapproach provides guideline and procedures that all the involvedhealthcare professionals should adhere. This approach ensures thatall the therapies are well coordinated with the goal of achievingquick recovery.
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