When you find out that your loved one has suffered from a stroke, we understand how hard it can be to get your head around the situation. We realise that one of the first things that friends and loved ones ask themselves is “what can I do to help?”
If you’re looking for some simple and useful tips for how to help a stroke survivor on their way to recovery, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together some useful tips for you to consider to help ease the strain of your loved one.
- Educate yourself
Understanding the ins and outs of the current situation is the first step in coming to terms with what has happened as well as a great place to start when it comes to coming up with an action plan. There are many incredible sources out there that talk about strokes from different points of view, whether it’s from the sufferer or from the point of view of family and friends. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn, be it through reading, support groups or programs that are offered by hospitals.
- Participate in the rehabilitation process
If your loved one is happy with this, then going with them to appointments to offer moral support can be a fantastic way to show that you care. Be supportive along the way and celebrate the little victories together, even with the small accomplishments.
- Safety in the home
Having a stroke can have a detrimental effect on your loved ones physical wellbeing. You want to make sure that your home is suited and adapted. Make sure there are no trip hazards such as rugs and ensure that pathways are clear. It may even be worth thinking about adding grab rails around the house to help manoeuvrability. This could especially be useful when it comes to the bathroom. It may even be worth looking to mobility bathrooms.
- Know the risk factors for a second stroke
Did you know that having a stroke may put your loved one at a higher risk of a second stroke? It’s best to minimise risk as much as possible be it through eating healthily, encouraging an exercise routine and ensuring that any medication they may need is being taken.
- Be patient
This applies to both the stroke survivor and yourself as you give them care. When a person goes through a stroke it is a traumatic experience and recovery can be a long process. Being patient with them as they recover can help encourage them to continue the rehabilitation process. In a similar fashion, be patient with yourself – there is a lot to learn about your situation.
We here at Arbour Companions and Care are experts when it comes to live in home care. We understand how stressful it can be when it comes to the idea of your loved one losing independence and having to move into a home to be taken care of. By utilising Arbour Care, we can help provide a 24-hour live-in carer that can offer round the clock care for your loved one. If this is something you’d be interested in, be sure to contact us and call now.