How to Support a Loved One Who Has Suffered a Stroke

When a family member suffers a stroke, it can be a devastating time in your life. Seeing them ill and unable to live as they used to is difficult. It can be a long road to recovery, and many people will never return to their previous health. You can feel a little helpless, but there is a lot you can do to provide assistance. In fact, research suggests that a supportive family might help stroke patients to recover faster. Whether you're hoping someone at home, in their home or while they stay in a medical facility, you can do your part. Keep reading to find out what you can do.

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Find the Right Treatment

One of the first things you're going to have to do is work out a treatment plan. You should work with your relative and their medical team to decide what to do. Try to do some research together to help you make the best choices. There could be a number of issues that need addressing in different ways. You might need to make plans for physical therapy, speech therapy, and other types of treatment. Choosing between an in-patient facility or living at home is one of the decisions your loved one will need to make.

Getting Out of the House

After a stroke, many patients can feel like they're cooped up inside. And if you are helping to care for them, you can feel the same. No one wants to go stir crazy being stuck inside all day, so look for opportunities to get out. You don't have to go far or do very much; it could just be a trip to the shops. Of course, it's much easier to do if there are mobility aids available to make getting around easier. Another option to consider is stroke recovery support groups. They're also useful for socialising.

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Helping to Maintain Independence

Having a stroke can make people feel like they've lost their independence. They might have trouble with getting about, speaking or even dressing themselves. Helping them to maintain as much independence as possible is vital. If they live with you, making adjustments to your home is a start. You can adapt your bathroom and other rooms so that they can do daily tasks with less assistance. Consider buying a range of different accessibility products to help with various things. It could be anything from a grabber to pick things up to cutlery that's easier to hold.

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Look After Yourself

When you're caring for someone, it's essential to care for yourself too. You can't be there for someone if you don't feel your best. It's important to take a break when you can and look after your physical and mental health. One of the things you can do is get access to respite care. This allows you to have someone else help with caring for your relative while you have time to yourself.

Supporting someone who has had a stroke is hard work, but it's often necessary. If you're finding it hard, don't be afraid to ask for help.