Taking care of a person who has had a stroke can be very challenging for many reasons. In this article, we will review the major problems facing many caregivers and discuss implications from relevant research
Usually people who have history of stroke may afraid that they will have another stroke or not able to overcome the disabilities. In the same case if they have family members do have stroke and it might be challenging to take care of the patient. Moreover, they may worry that their personal life will be affected and change in a negative way. Despite that, your love and support are still key to your loved one’s recovery.
There are three tips to being a good caregiver:
- Take care of yourself.
- Don’t help too much. Let the person do himself/herself as well as he or she can.
- Ask for help whenever you need.
Ways to recover yourself:
- Eat well, get enough rest, and take time to do things that you enjoy. Go out as much as possible.
- Take care of your own health while you are caring for your loved one. Do not try to do everything yourself as the stroke survivors can so some works by themselves.
- Keep up with your own doctor visits and make sure to take your own medicines regularly. Ask other family members to help.
- Find out if you qualify for adult day care or for home health care visits to help with rehab.
- Schedule time for yourself. Get out of the house and do things that you enjoy, run errands, or go shopping.
Support your loved one to recover:
- Give support and encouragement for taking part in the rehab program.
- Visit and talk with your loved one often. Encourage your loved one to do activities, such as playing a game with you.
- Keep in touch with your loved one’s friends as much as you can, and encourage them to visit.
- Participate in educational programs and attend rehab sessions as much as possible.
- Help your loved one learn and practice new skills.
Many people are caring for a chronically ill or disabled spouse, parent, or other family members. Although caregiving can be difficult, it can be a rewarding experience, especially when you know what you care will make a positive difference. However, not many caregivers devote enough time and energy to be educated and trained before doing their role.. Although educational programs for caregivers are relatively standard practice in rehabilitation programs, these programs typically do not adequately prepare most caregivers for the issues and roles they will face at home.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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