Moving Past the Confusion with a Support Team
When a loved one experiences a stroke, it can be an incredibly confusing time as there are many immediate unknowns as the health care team evaluates the impact of the stroke on the patient. Stroke recovery will begin immediately, and it is important to surround yourself with a strong health care team to support both the stroke survivor and caregiver.
Be Your Own Healthcare Advocate
You must be your own health care advocate and don’t hesitate to ask questions of the health care team. Write your concerns down as they come to you, and ask all of your questions. You may have questions of why the stroke occurred, where the stroke occurred, trigger factors, probability of future strokes, long-term effects, care for stroke patient once at home. This is all important information to gather, and don’t hesitate to ask so that you can feel more comfortable and have an understanding of what has occurred and so you can begin to process the immediate and long-term next steps.
Caregivers Play a Critical Role
As the caregiver, you play a critical role in the survivor’s overall health management plan. Rehabilitation will be a key part of the treatment plan immediately after the stroke. This could include any number of services including physical therapy, speech therapy, counseling and nutritional care, just to name a few.
Once home and navigating the recovery process, your loved one may experience depression and anxiety. This is normal as medications, stress and physical limitations may increase your loved one’s frustration. Seek out resources and support to help you so that you can encourage and support your loved one.
Check out some of the Post Stroke Services we offer for loved ones in recovery and caregivers in need of respite.