Encourage daily rehabilitation exercise
Your loved one may struggle with motor impairments after a stroke. You can help assist with their recovery by encouraging daily rehabilitation exercises to help rewire the brain. Regular movement is the best remedy for stroke.
Be helpful – but not overbearing
If you see your loved one struggling to do something, it is completely normal to want to help as much as possible. You should only help if they ask or if necessary. By allowing them to do stuff on their own, they will continue to keep getting better. Small accomplishments will help your loved one become more self-reliant and confident.
Keep a record of side effects from medication
All medications come with different side effects that should be carefully monitored. A useful tip is to keep a log of your loved one’s behaviour and symptoms and keep track of any changes or problems.
Adapting their home
Your loved one may struggle with communication, memory, or mobility which may mean you need to make some changes to their home. An occupational therapist can help assist with aids and equipment that may be needed, including wheelchairs and grab rails. They can also advise on other house modification recommendations to help improve your loved one’s safety.
Look out for any new stroke side effects
Sometimes new stroke side effects can happen months after discharge. It is important to consult with their doctor as soon as possible if you notice something unusual or different.
Consider home care support
Many people who have suffered from a stroke will want to remain at home. Care assistants can help assist with day to day activities including washing, dressing, preparing food, managing medication and other needs. This can allow you to keep your relationship as your loved one’s friend or relative, rather than becoming their carer.
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At Cavendish Homecare, providing home care for stroke sufferers is one of the specialist services we offer. We understand that recovery periods after a stroke, or Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), vary greatly and that rehabilitation needs to be tailored to each individual’s needs. We can offer the level of assistance needed and we can adjust the amount of support offered as the patient recovers.