Caring for an elderly loved one after a stroke can be difficult, overwhelming and even frightening for an inexperienced family caregiver. However, caregivers who familiarize themselves with their loved one’s prognosis, treatment plan and risks for recurrence can help ensure quality care and their loved one’s quality of life.
To better understand what your loved one is experiencing, it is important to ask their health care professional the right questions. What can be expected in terms of physical and mental abilities? Will a diet and exercise plan need to be created? Are there other risks that family caregivers should look out for? Knowledge is power, and it can help you understand what happens after the stroke and throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process. Also, ask for a list of specialists and physical, speech and occupational therapists who can work with your loved one closely to help regain skills that may have declined after the stroke.
You’ll also need to be prepared for changes in mobility. Depending on the severity of the stroke, your loved one may not be able to walk without assistance. Wheelchairs, walkers, canes and other pieces of equipment can be used to help your loved one move around and regain a higher level of functionality. Keep in mind that assisting with mobility and bed and wheelchair transfers is not easy for all caregivers, so you may want to look into Phoenix home care services where a professional and trained caregiver can assist with these activities.
If medications are used in your loved one’s prevention and recovery, it is important to keep track of the medications that have been prescribed and how often each should be taken. This will help you prepare for the side effects that often accompany a new prescription. If the medications need to be taken at a specific time during the day, an alarm or reminder system can help the medication is not skipped or forgotten.
Finally, don’t be afraid to enlist in the help of others. Your loved one may require around the clock support and assistance following their stroke, and it’s important to know that you are not alone in this journey. In addition to help from family, friends and local organizations, you can seek assistance from professional stroke caregivers in Phoenix. By doing so, you can take a break from your caregiving responsibilities while knowing your loved one is being cared for by an experienced and caring professional.
Want to learn more about in-home care for senior stroke survivors? Contact Home Care Assistance of Phoenix at 602-388-1085 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with one of our devoted Care Managers.