It’s sudden, it’s unexpected, and it can make you feel like your world is collapsing around you: It’s a stroke experienced by someone you love. Caring for a senior family member after a stroke means navigating rapidly changing dynamics in almost every area of life. To help you help your loved one, Home Care Assistance—a leading provider of stroke care in New Hampshire—offers the following tips.
1. Learn about the right care.
Someone recovering from a stroke may experience confusion, need help keeping up with medications, require physical assistance, or may have trouble swallowing. Talk to the doctors and nurses involved with your loved one’s recovery efforts to find out the best ways to provide care, learn more about possible medication side effects and interactions, and understand how to make transfers correctly to minimize or eliminate strain on your back and muscles.
2. Consider living space modifications.
Because stroke survivors may be in wheelchairs or have balance issues, look for solutions like handrails and grab bars to help your senior loved one stay as mobile as possible. Make sure the living space is free of obstacles, including rugs that can slip under unsteady feet, and keep the area well lit to minimize confusion and accidents.
3. Be an active participant in care.
Ask therapists for exercises you and your loved one can do together at home, and play cards and memory games to boost cognitive skills and focus. Not only will the activities help your loved one recover faster, he or she will continue to feel like part of the family.
Stroke survivors often experience some amount of confusion, and your loved one may need extra help with everyday chores. Create routines for daily care. For instance, keep personal care items in the same place and serve meals at the same time and place. Break tasks into individual steps, and post prompts and reminders to help your loved one work toward independence.
5. Include your loved one in decisions.
Seniors who’ve experienced a stroke can feel isolated or left out of decisions, especially when the results directly affect them. From grocery shopping to hiring a New Hampshire home care agency, give your loved one input on as many decisions as possible.
6. Build a strong support system.
Caregiving–and accepting care–isn’t always smooth sailing. Groups for stroke survivors or caregivers can provide additional information and resources and ease some frustrations for you and your loved one before they become serious problems.
For help managing your loved one’s care needs during stroke recovery, reach out to the trusted staff at Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are expertly trained to manage complex care needs and can help with everything from running errands and preparing healthy meals to providing physical assistance and offering emotional support. To learn more about post-stroke care or our other care services, including dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care in New Hampshire, give a friendly Care Manager a call at (603) 471-3004.