Post Stroke Home Caregivers: Tips for Stroke Recovery Support

post stroke home caregivers Post stroke home caregivers play a vital role during patients’ recovery phases, especially as patients spend less time in rehabilitation and more time at home. In fact, the recovery time for some patients can last as long as three years after a stroke has occurred. Most of this recovery time will be in the patient’s home. Although it can be rewarding for a caregiver to be involved in this part of the healing process, caregivers can also feel very frustrated and stressed. The amount of stress the caregiver experiences may vary depending on the level of care the patient requires.

It is important that post stroke home caregivers learn effective ways to cope during this time. There are several tips that caregivers can use to stay healthy and to ensure their loved one is well adjusted.

Become Educated

As you learn more about strokes and the recovery process, you will be better informed to care for your loved one. You will also be more confident in your abilities to provide the necessary care. Take every opportunity to learn about the specifics of your loved one’s condition and his or her prognosis. You can also join support groups in your area and speak with members of your loved one’s health care team.

Assess the Needs of Your Loved One

Many family members are not aware of the different responsibilities that are facing them once they begin to care for a post stroke patient. Caregivers may need to:

  • Manage financial responsibilities
  • Assist with bathing and/or dressing
  • Manage needs related to rehab appointments and medication reminders
  • Help the patient maintain functionality

Caregivers need to be realistic about the responsibilities they can assist with and those that require the services of a professional caregiver.

Visit a Rehab Session

It is not uncommon for caregivers to be asked to visit their loved one’s therapy appointments. Not only can caregivers provide support, they can also be a familiar face of encouragement. Do not jump in to help your loved one when he or she is having difficulties; allow them to be as independent as possible.

Finally, post stroke home caregivers should take time to care for their own needs too. Remember to focus on your own health and stay as positive as you can.

Are you caring for a family member who is recovering from a stroke and you need respite care or other professional assistance? Contact us today for a free assessment or for more information.