Hemiparesis Living Guide – Care, Rehabilitation Recovery, Safety

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Hemiparesis Living After Stroke or TBI, Understanding and Care: Focus on Safety and Home Care , Rehabilitation for living with : One Side Partial Paralysis or Muscle Weakness, Footdrop or Spasticity … , Rehabilitation exercises,

Safety and care at home of those affected with hemiparesis or what can be a severe muscle weakness or even partial paralysis is the primary focus of this guide and resource. While the main cause of hemiparesis is due to a stroke, in which there is a loss of blood to a part of the brain. Other causes of hemiparesis include: trauma/falls, tumors, traumatic brain injuries, congenital defects, or birth injuries. Care and safety practices for effects as dropfoot , spasticity and cognitive recovery are also covered. This is written with a deep care for my brothers and sisters affected as I have been, plus their families or caretakers

At first, the sudden and drastic change may seem as if there can be no normal life and that personal and family goals , however successful family living, careers, friendships and reaching goals can still be attained. Sure , there is work to do for the individual affected to be completed first with their own professional physical and occupational therapists in starting what can seem as a long road back but many of us can become highly motivated as small steps are achieved and goals in recovery are reached.

This guide compiles researching current health care practices emphasizing safety with reviewing valuable lessons learned and studied In over 30 years since the author ‘awoke’ from a coma, revealing his own partial paralysis or hemiparesis and beginning the road back through rehabilitation and subsequent successful life as an engineer and writer. Leon Edward is one of the almost 80% who did not have full recovery and has lived with hemiparesis effects for decades.

Many people with hemiparesis, reportedly up to 40% yearly after a traumatic brain injury, stroke or other cause experience a major fall accident within one year’s time. While no amount of preparation can 100 percent eliminate post-stroke accidents, much of it is preventable by taking appropriate safety measures and adjusting the home environment.

Also, readers will benefit greatly from this guide and especially the valuable website references as described below.

Provided for readers is a safety checklist that is so helpful in setting up a safe environment at home and throughout daily activity, Also listed .on the authors website for readers , are valuable resources for related professional associations, forums, RSS new feeds and social media links where people can make connections with other families or affected people of all ages , links to online rehabilitation and exercise videos, personal blogs and news of research and success stories worldwide. This list is maintained current at the author’s website and personal blog where his own articles and other contributions from well-respected featured writers also contribute with targeted articles on many aspects or living after a stroke or a traumatic brain injury. In addition, even links to rehabilitation and exercise videos are provided for reference as the first source in any recovery plan is with one’s own physician, physical and occupational therapists. I will provide a pdf to readers of these sources, also the safety and home care checklist.

From the author – “I want to be clear in the introduction that I am not a health professional but rather an engineer that has had partial paralysis on one side with the accompanying dropfoot effect and at times even spasticity in varying degrees.

As an engineer living with effects of hemiparesis for over thirty years, besides the research on care and rehabilitation, I offer care, safety and insights on conditions as dropfoot, spasticity and cognitive effects with my own analysis and added expert research on improving the mind body. In the later sections of the book. I’ve added personal articles on experiencing conditions in daily life from simply walking safely to communication issues personally and in the workplace.”




Overview of Hemiparesis and Associated Conditions.

Associated Conditions. 15

Hemiplegia or hemiplegia/ (-ple´jah) paralysis of one side of the body. 15

Alternate (or crossed) paralysis of one side of the face and the opposite side of the body. 15

Cerebral hemiplegia that due to a brain lesion. 15

Stroke (Cerebral Vascular Accident). 15

Other Types of Brain Injury. 16

Widespread problem Areas. 17

Other Possible Side Effects. 17

Care after Brain Injury. 21

Rehabilitation – What’s Available What to Expect 21

Specific rehabilitation treatment approaches include: 23

Equipment. 27

Self-care equipment: 28

Bathroom Care and Shower Safety. 30

Shower Considerations. 30

Movements During a Shower. 32

Shaving in the Bathroom.. 33

Final Note on Showering. 34

Exercise Ongoing After Therapy Services. 35

Impact on Daily Life. 40

Overview of Living with Hemiparesis and Safety. 41

Effects When Tired or Awoken. 42

Dressing. 43

Food Preparation, Cooking Kitchen Safety. 43

Mind Body Health Needs. 44

Geographic Area Specific Issues. 44

Foot Drop Condition, Care, Rehabilitation Exercises and Safety. 46

What is Foot Drop?. 46

Symptoms of Foot Drop. 46

Causes of Foot Drop. 46

Muscular Weakness. 46

Nerve Damage. 47

Treatments and Management 47

Braces (Ankle-foot Orthotics). 47

Physical Therapy. 47

Functional Electrical Stimulation. 48

Surgery. 49

Caring for Foot Drop at Home. 49

Home Exercises. 49

Emotional Support. 49

Pain Management. 49

Safety. 49

Exercises for foot drop. 50

Outlook for a Person with Foot drop varies. 51

Creating a Safe Home Environment Summary. 51

Behavioral and Emotional Consequences. 52

Impact on Caregivers and Loved Ones, Relationship Changes. 52

Long-Term Outlook for Survivors. 53

Helpful resources. 54

Looking Forward with Positivity and Hope. 55

Spasticity Condition, Care, Rehabilitation Exercises and Safety. 1

What Is Spasticity?. 1

What Are the Possible Causes?. 1

What Are the Symptoms?. 3

What Are the Effects of Prolonged Spasticity?. 4

What Are the Treatments?. 4

Areas of the Body Affected. 5

How do Doctors Diagnose Spasticity?. 5

Spasticity Statistics. 6

Number of People Affected in the World. 6

Number of People Affected in the United States. 6

Number of People Who Are Diagnosed After a Stroke. 6

Setting Realistic Goals for Treatment 8

Treatment Options. 8

Oral Medications. 8

Intrathecal Medication. 8

Chemodenervation. 9

Surgical Treatments. 9

Physiotherapy. 10

Which Treatment Is Right?. 11

Available Medications. 11

Exercises to Help with Spasticity. 11

Measurement of Spasticity. 12

The Emotional Consequences of Spasticity. 14

What Is the Effect on Personal, Social, and Work Life?. 14

What Is the Effect on Family and Friends?. 15

What Effect Does It Have on Caregivers?. 15

What Is the Long-Term Outlook?. 17

How Does Spasticity Affect Daily Life?. 17

Tips for Living with Spasticity. 18

How to Create a Safe Home Environment. 18

Keeping a Positive Outlook. 19

Resources –Spasticity Related: 20

Articles and Insights from the Author’s Personal Experience. 21

Tips for Living with Hemiparesis and Avoiding Falls and Injuries. 22

Shower Safety After a Stroke or TBI When Living with Hemiparesis. 26

Head Injury Symptoms and Facts Victim’s Families Need to Know.. 31

Trauma Head Injury: Symptoms and Recovery Process. 34

Head Injury and Employment Workplace Communication from a TBI Survivor  37

Acquired Brain Injury Can Result in Behavioral and Emotional Consequences  40

Brain Food and Nutrients for Your Mind. 43

The Importance of Rest and Sleep on Concentration. 50

Basic Elements for Concentration and Focus with Case Studies. 52

How to Increase Concentration and Focus with Exercise. 55

More Tips for Laser Like Focus and Concentration. 58

Brain Gym Training to Increase Memory Capacity Concentration and Improve Thinking Even Linguistics  60

Improving Your Memory with Brain Exercises, Brain Games. 62

Helpful Tips for Improving Memory and Focus. 64

Methods for Memory Improvement Based on Finding Your Best Learning Style  66

Healing with Meditation and Its Effective Use to Help People. 68

Step by Step Guide to Begin Using Breathing Meditation to Relax the Mind, Focus  71

Practicing Mindfulness Meditation with Simple Techniques for Home and Work  73

The Most Effective Mindfulness Techniques for Busy Schedules. 73

Benefits of Mindfulness. 75

Advanced Meditation Techniques. 76

Affiliate Marketing Online Business is Perfect Home Business for Injured and Disabled People  78

Successfully Golfing After a Stroke for Fun and Fitness. 81

Additional References not previously mentioned. 84

Helpful Resources websites forums and blogs. 85


Leon Edward, About. 86

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Hemiparesis Living Care, Rehabilitation Recovery, Safety: Includes Care for living with : One Side Partial Paralysis or Muscle Weakness, Footdrop or Spasticity resulting from Head Injury or Stroke
Home Care and Safety, Rehabilitation exercises,associated conditions, problem areas, treatment options, behavioral, emotional consequences, realistic goals, future expectations, resources, brain training and safety practices are covered. Safety and care at home of those affected is the primary focus. This book compiles researching current health care practices emphasizing safety with reviewing valuable lessons learned and studied in over 30 years since the author 'awoke' from a coma, revealing his own partial paralysis or hemiparesis and beginning the road back through rehabilitation and subsequent successful life an an engineer and self growth author

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