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First Steps to Recovery After a Stroke

By Greg Bridges, RN, MA, 11:47 pm on

Family members play an important role in the long-term recovery of stroke victims. As a family caregiver, one of the best things that you can do for your aging family member is to learn all that you can about the patient’s individual prognosis and how to prevent a secondary stroke. There are also a number of changes that you will have to make in your home and to your routine. Today, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Oklahoma senior care, offers a few steps to help inexperienced family members get started with quality post-stroke care.

  1. Talk with your loved one’s doctors. It is important to stay in contact with your loved one’s medical team throughout the formative stages of the recovery process. Ask for detailed instructions on any new medications, the side effects that these might cause, and any potential interactions that medications might have with other prescriptions. You should also talk to the doctor about necessary changes in your loved one’s diet and learn about any warning signs that might warrant an emergency trip to the hospital.
  2. Work with an occupational therapist. An occupational therapist can assist you in identifying any changes that need to be made at home. Stroke victims will ideally have their bedrooms situated on the first floor of the property so as to eliminate the need to negotiate stairs. Floor rugs and other tripping hazards should also be removed to prevent falls. Your family member may even need special accommodations in the bathroom to make sitting down and getting back up easy. At this time, it may be necessary to assist with most forms of personal care if and until mobility and coordination improves.
  3. Encourage participation in rehabilitation therapy. Working towards recovery is vital for regaining a sense of normalcy, good balance and improved mobility and coordination after a stroke. You can accompany your loved one to rehabilitative therapy in order to offer moral support and learn therapeutic strategies that can be used at home. Helping and encouraging your family member to learn how to do important things for his or herself will promote increased self-reliance and confidence. These efforts are also vital for helping seniors retain important functions after having experienced a major stroke.
  4. Plan for assistance at home. Dedicated and loving family members often take on the care needs of their loved one, however it’s also important to plan for respite. Managing and meeting the care needs of a stroke survivor can be difficult for a first-time or inexperienced family caregiver, and can take a physical and emotional toll. Plan for respite services – whether help from a professional Oklahoma hourly caregiver for a few hours a day, or live-in care for overnight or weekend help – so that you can take a break and return to your caregiving duties with a positive and renewed outlook. Planning for respite before you become stressed can go a long way in preserving your health, as well as the quality of care you provide.

Interested in learning more about stroke care and recovery for a senior loved one at home? Reach out to Home Care Assistance and learn more about our expert Oklahoma stroke home care services. Our highly trained and compassionate stroke caregivers are available 24/7 and can effectively and safely assist seniors with daily activities, personal care, therapy exercises, mobility and so much more. Call 405-285-4191 today to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.