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My Loved One Just Had a Stroke. Now What?

After a parent or senior loved one has a stroke, there are countless thoughts that cross your mind while waiting to see how they’ve been affected and what recovery steps will be necessary. The most important thing to remember is that every stroke survivor is different, so make an effort to stay positive and – more importantly – exude this positive attitude to your loved one. The following are a few additional tips for how to move forward after a loved one’s stroke, provided by the trusted Boca Raton stroke caregivers at Home Care Assistance.

Be Honest with Your Loved One

Your loved one is likely to have questions after his or her stroke. Be as honest as possible by explaining what happened and why, while offering reassurances and comfort. During this time, address any changes in abilities and work with his or her doctor and physical, occupational and speech therapists to create a comprehensive recovery plan. It is important that realistic expectations for recovery are set, as many stroke survivors may not see progress for as long as 3-4 months, and sometimes longer, depending on the extent of the stroke.

Learn as Much as Possible about Stroke

Become an educated caregiver and learn as much as possible about your loved one’s stroke, possible side effects and treatment options. While your loved one’s doctor is a great starting resource, there are also many reputable websites that are filled with information and forums to help answer any questions you may have.

It is also important to learn about your loved one’s prescribed medications. Some stroke medications have side effects, so ask your loved one’s doctor for a list of medications they’re on and what side effects you need to watch out for while helping them recover.

Participate in Post-Hospital Plans

Be an active part of decisions about post-hospital care, which may include a short stay in a rehabilitation facility or nursing home during the initial recovery period. If your loved one isn’t able to clearly articulate their wishes, consider what they’d most likely want and voice your concerns while plans are being made. For many seniors, aging in the comfort of home provides the most peace of mind. Home care is a great option for senior stroke survivors that includes help with your loved one’s meal preparation, personal care activities or transportation to medical appointments. Local Boca Raton home care agencies can often provide such assistance on an hourly or live-in basis.

Get Support for Yourself

Caregivers often need support to deal with the emotions that go along with seeing how a stroke affects a loved one. Hospital staff can usually direct you towards some type of support group (sometimes within the hospital) or outside resources where you can share your feelings, find caregiving tips and talk about current issues that you’re facing openly.

For more information about caring for a senior stroke survivor, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton today. Our highly trained caregivers provide Boca Raton hourly care on an as-needed basis, as well as live-in care for seniors with more advanced needs. Call us at 561-826-9282 and find out how a caregiver can promote recovery for your loved one, all from the comfort of home.