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I never thought of myself as an addict, but I did end up addicted to anti-anxiety medication after developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At some point, the medicine stopped being a way to deal with the nervousness and panic attacks, and became something my body craved. I knew that I needed help fast. Fortunately, a local drug rehab program includes support for people like me. They helped me wean off the medication, use methods like massage therapy to help my nerves heal, and even provided ongoing counseling for our family. I don't know how I would have made it without their help. If you suspect that your medication has crossed the line from being helpful to hurtful, take heart. Let me tell you about my journey out of addiction and back to wholeness.

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Home Health Care Aides Help Take Care Of Your Parent After A Stroke

by Valerie Stevens

When your parent suffers from a stroke, they may lose much of their mobility and have to move in with you. You will still have to go to work and often leave them at home for extended parts of the day. In this situation, a home health care aide can give you the assistance that you both need.

Strokes May Make Movement More Difficult

Although your parent is still strong intellectually and might be able to move from place to place with only moderate difficulty, they can't handle certain aspects of their life after their stroke. For example, they may have a hard time caring for themselves after going to the bathroom and find bathing nearly impossible. Thankfully, they can probably run a microwave and walk with some assistance, which means they aren't totally confined. However, they may run into complications while you're at work, no matter how hard you prepare for every possibility. For example, they may have an accident because they cannot get to the bathroom quickly enough. This may cause them to sit in their waste for hours, which is painful and humiliating. Being left alone for hours can also drive them to depression due to loneliness. Thankfully, home health aides can help here.

Benefits of Home Health Care

A home health care professional is someone who is trained to come to your house and provide specialized care. For example, they can help your parent get to the bathroom, clean them up if necessary, do laundry for them, prepare food, and do anything else that may be impossible for your parent. In this way, they can take care of your parent when you're at work and keep your parent safe when they're with them.

Beyond the physical help that they can provide, home health care specialists can also give your loved one social interaction during slow parts of the day. Being left alone is going to challenge them and may even cause agitation and depression that can be hard to manage. Thankfully, home health aides can come to your house every day and spend a few hours making your parent feel social and connected.

If you're worried about leaving your parent at home due to their movement restrictions, you should contact a home health care professional right away. These individuals will come to your house, assess the situation with your loved one, and do what is necessary to keep them healthy and to avoid serious problems while they are at home alone. 

For more information on home health care services, consult a resource in your area.