You probably already know that fast treatment is crucial in terms of stroke recovery. According to new research, it’s not only fast intervention that improves recovery– family members and caregivers also play an important role in how fast someone can improve following a stroke. Here are some helpful tips from Vancouver post-stroke care professionals to assist your loved one during their recovery.
Choose an acute inpatient rehabilitation facility
Research has found that acute and intensive rehabilitation following a stroke improves recovery. If possible, find a top inpatient facility to help your loved one recover immediately after the stroke. While facilities like nursing homes can provide adequate services, this type of care can speed recovery.
Focus on a healthy diet
A consistent, nutritional diet is important while recovering from a stroke. Thick liquids and soft foods are usually best at first as many seniors in the early stages of stroke recovery have trouble swallowing and some foods and drinks can cause fluid aspiration and pneumonia.
Get training on how to help with important tasks
If you will be caring for your loved one in his or her home, it’s important to get an education on how to help with transfers from the bed to a wheelchair, food preparation, and rehabilitation exercises you can help with. If you aren’t physically able to help with some tasks, you may consider hiring a Vancouver home care agency to assist with recovery responsibilities.
Watch for signs of depression
Between 30 and 50 percent of stroke survivors experience depression, often caused by the physical, mental, and emotional effects of stroke. Depression can interfere with recovery, so if you observe signs of depression seek treatment for your loved one as soon as possible.
Go easy on yourself
There is no such thing as the perfect caregiver. Don’t forget to focus on your own health and be patient with yourself and your limitations. After all, you likely have never been a caregiver before and you have plenty to learn. Join online or in-person support groups and reach out to friends and family members for help when you need it.
Stay vigilant for a second stroke
Stroke survivors are at a higher risk of experiencing another stroke. Because the brain recovers from a stroke by using unaffected areas of the brain to take over tasks for damaged areas, another stroke can be more serious. Make sure you know the signs of a stroke and seek immediate medical attention if you suspect your loved one is having another stroke.
Caring for a loved one after a stroke can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Home Care Assistance is here to help. We offer hourly and live-in home care in Vancouver, ensuring your loved one has the support he or she needs anytime of day or night. All of our caregivers are experienced and can assist with running errands, cooking, light cleaning, personal grooming, mobility support, incontinence, and can provide emotional support and companionship. For more information, give us a call at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.