Caring for someone who is recovering from a stroke is a big task. It’s also not an easy one but a vital one. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to care for oneself and to properly prepare for the job. Here are some tips to help caregivers in this situation.
- Ask questions/seek knowledge: It’s important to know about how things may work after someone has had a stroke. While everyone is affected differently, it’s important to understand what may happen so one can prepare for it.
- As changes occur, understand options for help: A person’s abilities or skills can change as a result of a stroke. As the aftermath of the stroke progresses, it’s important to know where to get help to handle difficulties.
- Find a support group: Finding support and a place to turn to is important. This can be in the form of official groups or family and friends. Do not do this alone.
- Participate in stroke rehabilitation: Attending therapy sessions to help support the one receiving care is a great way to help. One does not have to go to every therapy session, though.
- Look for safety hazards: Ask an occupational therapist if there is anything that needs to be done to make the home safer.
Also, take care of oneself. The well-being of the caregiver is important, too. For stroke rehabilitation, remember we are here to help. We can help monitor patients in recovery and help caregivers plan accordingly.