11. Effects of a Stroke with Nancy Boslow | Lunch with Ronsley Vas | Recognising A Urinary Tract Infection
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Today we catch up with a long-time carer, Nancy Boslow who cared for her husband for 13 years and how she coped with the effects of a stroke. He suffered his first stroke at age 61 years and Nancy took on the role of his primary caregiver for the remaining duration of his life. Nancy resisted the push for her to place her husband in a nursing home as she was totally committed to caring for him at home. That is where he wanted to be and that is where she provided his care.
They said no, no he will need to go to a nursing home and we will get him and we will get him to the first bed that’s available (27:00) and I said oh no you won’t because I did have in place all the things that I needed to, to plan for the future. I was his guardian, I had the right to say where he was going to go and I did. That’s why people must look ahead into the future, long before they need it.
Nancy also gives us an incredible insight into the struggles that she had in accepting help. For Nancy, she felt that she was managing perfectly well and she gives us her reasons for not wanting the help and services that she knew were out in the community. However, it wasn’t until she fell ill herself that things changed.
Phill has discovered a great resource on the Aged Care Insite website, called the the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia project. It’s a great resource for understanding the incredible value that could be harnessed through our elders and what needs to change in our world to make it liveable for seniors.
Also, Phill discovers Mindfulness training for early stage dementia patients and their carers. The research so far into this project shows real promise in relieving emotional burden and caregiver overwhelm.
Get Out Of The House
Phill finds some great activities perfect for seniors such as Journey Through the Cosmos and the Liverpool Footbal Club Golf Day.
For the travelers amongst us, Phill has found an excellent service called Young at Heart that is a full service travel blog designed for people over 60 years.
In keeping with our theme of the effects of a stroke, Phill asks Ronsley to give us a recipe or two that is suitable to be thickened. Thickened fluids and pureed foods are often necessary for those who have had a stroke so that they can swallow easily and safely. Ronsely gives us two – a chicken soup and an avocado smoothie.
Onions, roughly chopped
Celery, roughly chopped
Carrots, roughly chopped
Black peppercorns, whole
Place all ingredients into a large pot.
Cover with water.
Bring to the boil and simmer for a few hours.
Leave it on the back stove with the stove turned off overnight.
In the morning, drain and keep the liquid and discard the rest.
Reheat the reserved liquid and add the corn starch.
Serve when thickened and warm.
Avocado, skin and stone removed.
Orange, peel removed
Celery, roughly chopped
Place all ingredients into a blender.
Serve warm or cold. Also suitable for breakfast smoothie.
Lessons From The Study
Phill takes a careful look at the signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI’s). Often this insidious little condition can sneak up on caregivers as the symptoms can be varied from person to person and also quite vague. He takes a look at the common ones to look out for. Most importantly, he goes through the important cares when looking after someone with a UTI and what modifications to the way you approach their care are very important.
Back pain is a common consequence to caregiving. So Phill takes a look at a device called the Back Bridge. It came as a recommendation from a caregiver as a great reliever of pain and stress.