Most concussions are a very mild, and heal quickly and completely. In fact, many people experience concussions without even realizing it they have suffered such an injury. Other concussions, however, can be very serious, and result in complications that can linger for months or years. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand the impact a concussion can have on your parent for the rest of their life, and be prepared to ensure they receive the care and support needed to minimize this risk, and care for them as they heal.
Some of the complications that can be caused by a concussion include:
- Post-traumatic headaches that usually appear in a week and can last for months.
- Impairment of function and other symptoms that can result due to several brain injuries that occur at different times. This is called a cumulative effect, and can occur at any time in those who have suffered more than one injury.
- Post-traumatic vertigo that results in dizziness for days, weeks, or even several months after an injury.
- Post-concussion syndrome, which is a cluster of symptoms usually experienced for several days following the injury, but can last for much longer. These can include dizziness, confusion, and headaches.
- Second impact syndrome, which is a very serious condition that occurs in those who suffer a second concussion very soon after a brain injury, usually even before the symptoms of the first are noticeable. This can result in brain swelling that is very often fatal.
If your senior parent has fallen or experienced another accident that may have resulted in a concussion, even if they are not showing serious symptoms, it is important to get in touch with their doctor. Discuss the injury and any symptoms your parent is having so you know if they may need to be seen, and receive further treatment. If your parent loses consciousness, has memory loss regarding the injury, is extremely confused, or has slurred speech, they need emergency medical attention.
Keeping your aging loved one safe is one of your top priorities as a family caregiver, and senior care can help you reach that goal. Senior care can step in particularly if you are not able to be with your aging parent as often as you would like to, or they struggle with limitations and challenges such as balance problems and limited mobility.
A senior home care services provider can be a valuable part of your care approach. This provider will offer a completely customizable set of services designed specifically to meet their needs, and address their challenges and limitations, in ways that are right for them. This means your aging parent can stay safer and healthier, while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Senior Care Services in Massapequa NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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