How to make things as easy as possible for everyone
According to statistics from the American Stroke Association, almost 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year, and about 75 percent of them are first-time sufferers. If you have a loved one in this situation, it’s important to be proactive and think about things you can do to help them through the recovery process. Here are six areas to focus on:
Consider their needs
Depending on the severity of the stroke, you or another caregiver may be needed for a variety of tasks, including everything from managing your senior's medications and medical appointments to bathing and feeding them. Before your loved one gets home from the hospital, you need to know what you’ll be in store for and how best you can help. Consulting with their physician and other medical staff is the first and most important step in gathering this information.
When someone has a stroke, they are immediately at risk for another one. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to lower the risk, such as encouraging your loved one to live a healthier lifestyle. Steps could involve cooking nutritious meals and figuring out ways to get your senior more exercise – and of course, quitting smoking, if that applies. Ensuring your family member takes their medication and sees their doctor when they should are also essential ways to minimize the risk of a second stroke.
Keep good records
Because your loved one won’t be able to do every task immediately or fully, you should write down what they can do and the essentials that they will have to relearn. Then you can create a schedule that will allow them to practice the things they are having trouble with. Documenting all of this progress will be appreciated by doctors, physical and occupational therapists, and other professional caregivers.
Take care of yourself, too
It is common for caretakers to focus all of their time and attention on a loved one. But do not forget about your own needs. In addition to making sure you eat and get enough sleep, it may be a wise decision to find a support group, either in person or online. You need to know that you are not alone and that many others are going through the same thing as you.
When you see someone you love hurting, it can be extremely difficult. But one of the best things you can do is make a conscious, concerted effort to remain positive. It’s quite possible that at some point during the recovery, your senior will become angry or depressed, but your attitude can make a different in their mental state. Consistent reassurance and an optimistic attitude from you can do wonders for their recovery.
As much as you would like to handle everything on your own, you don’t have to do it all by yourself. At FirstLantic, we can supply you with skilled and compassionate home health aides who will give your loved one the attention and help they need. To learn about our home healthcare services, call us anytime at 877-618-3624 or fill out our online contact form. Our goal is to provide the utmost care to those who need us in South Florida, including Broward, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Martin, and Indian River Counties.