Tips for Family Caregivers: How to Help Promote Recovery Post-Stroke

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Important Ways Caregivers can Help Seniors Recovering from a Stroke

By Carolina Orosa, 8:00 am on

Unlike many medical conditions, stroke typically has a long recovery period. While the severity of a stroke often determines the best options for recovery and the estimated length of recovery, many seniors see the biggest improvements in memory, mobility and language in the first two to three months following a stroke.

If you have an aging parent, grandparent or loved one who has recently suffered a stroke, Home Care Assistance of Vancouver offers a few ways that you can help out and promote safety during the recovery process.

  1. Educate yourself regarding stroke. Unless you have a strong medical background, learning more about stroke will be helpful in terms of understanding the causes, treatment, and rehabilitation of/for stroke. Information is available that can also help you to understand instructions given by physicians and rehabilitative specialists. A variety of resources from books to blogs offer information from different perspectives, including those of stroke victims, offering even more insight.
  2. Encourage your loved one to take an active role in rehabilitation. Stroke victims who practice physical or cognitive exercises at home during their rehabilitation will typically see more and faster gains in their abilities. As a caregiver, you may need to encourage them to participate actively in these activities, which they may not enjoy. Engaging with them or helping them complete these tasks may be very motivating for them, especially if they feel socially isolated or lonely. If you are unable to assist, consider help from an hourly home caregiver in Vancouver. Not only can they offer support and companionship, professional caregivers are trained in how to manage stroke symptoms and can help ensure consistent, quality care at all times.
  3. Reduce the risk of future strokes. The biggest predictor for having a stroke is having had one previously. Without the proper medical care and lifestyle changes, another stroke is quite likely. Recovery outcomes are often poorer following a second or third stroke. Therefore preventative measures, such as controlling blood pressure and taking medication as instructed, are of the utmost importance. Be sure your loved one follows all recommendations from his or her doctor and continues with appropriate follow-up medical appointments.
  4. Seek help for post-stroke depression. An estimated 30-40% of stroke survivors struggle with depression. As a caregiver, it is important to be aware of this so you can identify and treat a loved one’s depression before it begins to hinder rehabilitation and recovery. Often, your loved one’s physician will be able to offer advice and care regarding treatment options which may include additional medication or group therapy, both of which can relieve or decrease the symptoms of depression.

Recovering from a stroke is a lengthy process, but with good decisions and plentiful assistance, the potential for a long and satisfying life is possible. For family caregivers who may be struggling to meet all of the physical and emotional needs of their loved one during recovery, know that you are not alone. Home Care Assistance provides in-home stroke care in Vancouver, delivered by professional and highly trained caregivers. Along with helping your aging loved one with daily activities and personal care, they can offer you the respite you need to care for your own needs.

For more information about stroke home care, contact a friendly Case Manager today at 778-279-3634. We are available to help 24/7.