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Strokes: What Families Should Know

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When someone you love survives a stroke, you may feel overwhelmed with worry about your family member's future and confused by all the medical information. Acclaimed medical writer Elaine Shimberg, whose parents have both survived strokes, can help you and your family understand how to act quickly and effectively to provide the best treatment possible.

Shimberg has interviewed over a hundred patients and their families; speech, occupational, and physical therapists; physicians; ...

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Overview

When someone you love survives a stroke, you may feel overwhelmed with worry about your family member's future and confused by all the medical information. Acclaimed medical writer Elaine Shimberg, whose parents have both survived strokes, can help you and your family understand how to act quickly and effectively to provide the best treatment possible.

Shimberg has interviewed over a hundred patients and their families; speech, occupational, and physical therapists; physicians; nurses; and psychologists to offer a thoughtful and loving guide to every step of stroke patient care.You will learn:
— Who in your family might be stroke-prone
— Emergency room procedures and tests, and what your role in the hospital should be
— How to ease the patient's transition out of the hospital and back into the home
— When to turn to a nursing home for help, and how to choose one
— How you can help in the rehabilitation process
— How to cope with stroke-related stress, depression, and communication problems
— A complete diet and exercise program for stroke survivors
— And much more

Includes a Comprehensive List of Rehab Centers and Helpful Government Agencies

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Drawing on personal experiences (both her parents were stroke victims) and material gathered through extensive interviewing of stroke patients, families, and health professionals, the author presents a multidimensional picture containing a plethora of solid information. She provides clear definitions of medical terms, including a lucid exposition of the nature of stroke, and also addresses physical, mental, and psychological changes, the hospital experience, the role of a rehabilitation center, home care and nursing home options, and support systems for the caregivers. With her personable writing style, Shimberg sounds like a good friend offering reassurance, guidance, and support. Most of the information here can be found scattered in various directories, but this book is a handy one-volume reference guide for families coping with the myriad problems created by the incapacity of a loved one.-- Carol R. Glatt, VA Medical Ctr., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345362094
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/13/1990
  • Series: The Family Health Ser.
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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