Stroke can be a debilitating disease for your loved one, especially after losing their ability to speak, eat, and move about. Recovery depends on different factors, such as the location in the brain where the stroke occurred, and how badly damaged the brain is.
However, there are ways, as a caregiver, to help your loved one recover better from a stroke.
1. Know the medications
It is important to know the medications that have been prescribed for your loved one, and the side effects. Do clarify with the doctor or nurse if you are unsure. This would allow you to watch out for any symptoms of side effects that your loved one may be experiencing from the medications.
2. Get Moving
You can play a big role in the rehabilitation process for your loved one. Physical therapy can help your loved one regain strength to start moving and walking again after a stroke. Accompany your loved one to their physiotherapy sessions, or even a short walk around the neighbourhood.
3. Think Positive, Be Happy
As much as physical needs are important, your loved one may suffer from emotional difficulties as well. Post-stroke depression commonly happens, which affects your loved one’s recovery process. It is important to look out for signs of depression, such as loss of interest in hobbies or change in attitude. If you find it difficult trying to provide emotional support for your loved one, consult a doctor to develop an action plan.
Lastly, it is as important to take good care of yourself. It will be challenging to take care of your loved one if you are physically and mentally tired yourself. To avoid caregiver burnout, take a break by asking a family member or close friend to help. It is important to keep a healthy balance in life yourself by eating right, exercising, and doing the things you enjoy.
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