Your doctor will check your blood pressure and use a stethoscope to listen to your heart and to listen for a whooshing sound (bruit) over your neck (carotid) arteries, which may indicate atherosclerosis. Your doctor may also use an ophthalmoscope to check for signs of tiny cholesterol crystals or clots in the blood vessels at the back of your eyes.
Data: Data collection is a vital component of the chain of survival. Data collection includes results from laboratory tests and both a physical and a neurological exam. A 12-lead electrocardiogram is recommended to rule out cardiac arrhythmias. In addition, a CT scan is an essential piece of the puzzle and is needed for an accurate diagnosis. A CT scan should ideally be performed within 25 minutes of arrival in the emergency room. Data collected is also needed to rule out conditions which may mimic a stroke, such as a brain tumor, drug overdose or hypoglycemia.
Armistead Senior Care provides compassionate in-home care and services as people age in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Established in 1999 and locally owned, Armistead Senior Care supports the independence and quality of life of older adults, people with disabilities and anyone recuperating from an illness. We do this by providing an individualized plan of care, thoughtful caregiver/client matching, and superior care management.
On both occasions I used their service, the caregivers either left minimal or no notes while visiting my elderly parents (no eating, sleeping or bathroom data). After the first visit, I contacted a supervisor at Around the Clock and asked specifically that the caregivers leave notes on eating, sleeping patterns, etc. Instead of improving, on the 2nd visit I only received notes from 1 of 3 caregivers...I paid for 16 hours of caregiving for people who may or may not have even showed up for all I know. Their medical staff is also hit and miss. On my father's post-hospital rehab, one of the 3 nurses missed appts at the house repeatedly...only making 1 of 5 scheduled appointments. After this, I contacted Around the Clock and asked them to send out a more reliable nurse. In the 5 weeks that have passed since, we have received 1 visit from a nurse...nobody makes their scheduled appointments. Is this the care you want for your elderly parents??
We carried out this inspection under Section 60 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 as part of our regulatory functions. This inspection was planned to check whether the provider is meeting the legal requirements and regulations associated with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, to look at the overall quality of the service, and to provide a rating for the service under the Care Act 2014.
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