Caregivers after stroke – understanding the emotional, financial and other implications
Stroke recovery can be a challenging and overwhelming process for both caregivers after stroke and the stroke survivor. Fortunately, there are resources and information available that can help caregivers navigate the process of recovery better, as well as understand the social and financial implications that can occur after their loved one has a stroke.
There are several tips that caregivers can consider when they are communicating with their loved one’s healthcare team, how to manage the effects of a stroke on their loved one, and information on health coverage and in-home care options.
Worry, helplessness, and shock are just some of the emotions that are felt by both stroke survivors and caregivers after stroke. After someone has a stroke, it is common for caregivers to feel uncertain, fearful, and overwhelmed about their role as a caregiver.
The caregiver may also worry that their loved one will suffer from another stroke, and they may feel helpless as to how to prevent it. The relationship between the two may have also been altered. In order to become more adjusted to the new responsibilities, there are several things that caregivers can do including:
- Get informational support
- Build a network and get support
- Seek respite care through professional in-home care services
It is also important to communicate with your loved one’s healthcare team. This will give you a better understanding as to what happened with your loved one, what you should expect during the recovery process, and ways you can help the stroke survivor recover. Afterward, you will feel less overwhelmed and stressed.
Some of the things that primary caregivers can do are:
- Provide the healthcare team with your loved one’s complete medical history
- Ask plenty of questions
- Inquire about rehabilitation services
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF STROKES?
The process of recovery varies from one person to the other, and the process is unpredictable. However, understanding what occurs during the process of recovery will allow caregivers to be better prepared. The effects vary depending on the location of the brain injury, the size of the injury, and the level of medical care that is received. The survivor’s support system will also be instrumental in recovery.
Family caregivers after stroke must deal with emotional, physical, financial, and possibly legal changes due to the effects of the health condition on their loved one. There are community resources available including home healthcare agencies that can provide assistance.
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