The more you know about strokes and stroke recovery the more confident you will be and the better you will be able to take care of your loved one. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about your loved one’s specific condition and prognosis. Take part in support groups or programs that are offered by the hospital. Talk with health care staffers about what the stroke recovery process will be.
Participate in Stroke Rehabilitation
It’s not unusual for caregivers to attend some therapy sessions so that you can support your loved one. This gives you the opportunity to personally encourage the stroke survivor to practice new skills. Be supportive but don’t always jump in to help. Allow survivors to do things for themselves. The idea is for them to feel self-reliant and confident.
Take Care of You
Caregiving is similar to becoming a parent for the first time and having a huge learning curve. It is important to take care of your needs as you take care of your loved one. Caregivers have been known to experience anxiety, guilt, depression, fear and resentment that they are giving up their life. Be patient with yourself, don’t lose your own life, focus on your physical and emotional health, and remember to laugh.
Find a support group by calling your local hospital or through an online search for caregiver support. Talking to other caregivers can help you feel less alone and provide an opportunity to share resources and caregiving tips.