Patient Referral

A stroke happens when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, blood and oxygen cannot get to a part of the brain causing brain cells to die. Each area of the brain controls different parts of the body. When a stroke occurs and blood flow can’t reach an area of the brain, it affects the parts of the body that area controls. Stroke is a medical emergency. The longer an individual goes without treatment, the higher the risk of severe disability or death. Palliative care can help patients who have had a stroke coordinate care and manage symptoms, while hospice care can help patients nearing the end of life better manage their pain, discomfort, and stress caused by stroke.

Below are resources for stroke patients and family caregivers that offer helpful information and advice on stroke, support, and guidance.  

Additionally, here are some hospice and palliative care financial resources for stroke patients: 

Community stroke resources near you.   

While there are many different national stroke organizations available to patients and their families, there may also be community resources for stroke patients, both at the city and state level. These resources include in-person and online meet-ups and support groups, help for caregivers, food programs like Meal on Wheels, speech therapy and more. We recommend you pursue further research to see what resources and information for stroke patients are available in your area. You can also explore the Crossroads website here to find services in your state.  

Stroke information for patients’ families. 

Whether you are the caregiver of someone with stroke, or simply a loved one of a patient, the situation can cause significant stress. The following resources and information can help caregivers and family members who are supporting their loved one with stroke.

Additional stroke resources and advice. 

If you would like more information on stroke, including patient care and comfort care options, you can contact Crossroads 24/7. We are available by email, phone, or live chat to answer any questions you may have.   

Browse additional Stroke hospice and palliative care resources below: 

(Please note that Crossroads does not endorse any of the organizations linked above. Patients and their families should conduct their own research before making any healthcare decisions). 

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