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Caregiving Tips: Post-Stroke Care Guidelines

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

Caregivers play one of the most important roles in preventing future illness, especially when it comes to caring for stroke survivors. A person who has had a stroke in the past is at high risk of having another, with almost one third of stroke survivors experiencing a second stroke in their lifetime. There is also the increased risk of falls and other problems related to loss of coordination and mobility.

If you have recently become the caregiver for an aging loved one after he or she has experienced a stroke, Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of New Hampshire home care, offers some critical, yet simple to follow post-stroke care guidelines which can help ensure the safety and comfort of your loved one during the at-home recovery and rehabilitation period.

  • Talk with Your Loved One’s Medical Team – The first and most important step in caring for stroke survivors is talking with the medical team. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the medication dosing schedule and the likely side effects for each drug that is being taken. Find out whether home modifications are necessary and ask for written instructions pertaining to any new dietary requirements or other needs.
  • Implement a Prevention Plan – Family caregivers can limit the likelihood of future strokes by helping seniors make all necessary lifestyle changes. Alter your loved one’s diet and create a feasible fitness plan. Rehabilitative therapies are often a part of the recovery process and any specialist your family works with can assist with the creation of an exercise program.
  • Limit the Risk of Falls – Make sure that there is ample room for walking and turning throughout the home and that there are no loose rugs or other obstacles that might get in the way. When dizziness and vertigo persist, consult with an occupational health specialist concerning additional treatment.
  • Expect Gradual Changes – Stroke victims recover at different rates. Recognize that marked signs of recovery could require slight changes in the medical team or in rehabilitative and occupational health services. Also, don’t feel discouraged if your loved one does not progress as quickly as you would like. The recovery process takes time, but with the right support systems can be successful.
  • Take Care of Yourself – Caring for a stroke victim can be a very demanding job. Seek help when you need it. Caregivers who allow themselves to rest and who are willing to share these responsibilities tend to be more patient and attentive than those who are frazzled and overwhelmed. Getting help can be as simple as hiring a part-time New Hampshire caregiver to assist with baths or household chores and provide companionship for your loved one so that you can get out of the home and tend to your own social and emotional needs.

If your aging parent or loved one is recovering from a stroke, provide them with the physical and emotional support needed for faster recovery by contacting Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire today. We offer professional and expert New Hampshire stroke care, with highly trained and compassionate caregivers who can provide assistance on a part-time basis to support your caregiving schedule or on a live-in basis if additional overnight monitoring is required. We also offer complimentary consultations to discuss care needs and services, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 603-471-3004 – we’re here to help 24/7.