With something like a stroke, it’s good to be a little prepared with what to expect. This will make it much easier on all family caregivers involved. What they are able to do compared to before the stroke may have changed drastically, so if you find that the responsibility is just too great for you to bear alone, remember you can always call on elderly health care or elderly home care, whichever is most suited to the needs of your loved one. If you are unsure how much care your loved one needs, contact Treasure Coast Home Health Care and a professional can come and make an assessment.
What to expect
- Their ability to balance may be greatly compromised
- Depending on how they were affected, they may not be able to use two hands in unison to accomplish something, like fixing food, eating or getting dressed
- They may need some kind of general help on a continual basis and some kind of specialized help on a temporary basis
- Check with their doctor to find out as much about their condition and prognosis as possible
- There will be regular physical therapy appointments that are important to attend
- There could be behavior and mood changes as well
- Depression can easily creep in, so watch for signs of depression in your elderly loved one and talk to their doctor right away if you see any signs
- Be patient and seek the extra help as you need it
- Give your loved one lots of support during their recovery process.
What family caregivers can do to help their loved one recover, even if most of the caregiving is being provided by a professional caregiver include: spending time with your loved one, being very patient and loving, taking time to talk to them and also to listen.
Creating a safe environment
Your loved one’s home should be made into a safe environment for them to recover in without the risk of falling and getting injured. You can do this by going through the house and carefully look for things from the knees down that might become a tripping hazard. Some examples are: cords, loose rugs, sharp corners of end tables, and clutter in walkways. Grab bars should be installed in the bathroom and around the tub or shower. They may also need a bar near the toilet and a raised toilet seat in order to make trips to the toilet more independent.
You can help them by making sure they have transportation to their frequent doctor and physiotherapy appointments. These can be provided by family members or arranged through the home care agency. Attending the first few appointments along with your elderly loved one will put their mind at ease and get them used to the routine of the appointments.