For the victims of a stroke it is not an ordeal that is over quickly. Not only are the immediate impacts on survivors difficult, but so is the overall process of recovering. This is where caregivers play a vital role in the survivors’ life.
Many things will not be as easy to do as before, some things like driving after a stroke will require special training to re-learn skills. It’s important for caregivers of stroke survivors to pay close attention and learn as much as they can to ease the recovery process.
The following will discuss some of the most important things caregivers need to understand in order to best help survivors to recover.
Watch for medication side effects
It’s important to be fully aware of the type of medication doctors have prescribed to the survivor and to be vigilant in noticing any side effects they may entail. It’s important to ask doctors about what the medication will do and if there are any ways the survivor’s home can be modified to meet their needs.
Reduce the risks
It’s highly likely that survivors of a stroke will be victims of another one if not all precautionary steps are taken. It’s important to encourage survivors to have a healthy diet, keep in regular contact with their doctors, take medication and to exercise where appropriate.
Recovery is due to many factors
The recovery after the incident will speed up and slow down based on a variety of factors. These range from the area of the brain that was damaged, the survivors own motivation and the quality of the support they are getting.
Because every case is so different, there are few reliable comparisons. For example, driving after a stroke may be quicker for one survivor than another.
Recovery starts fast and then slows down
The most immediate changed will likely occur within a few months after the incident but more serious damage could take years to show improvement.
If the survivor is suffering from imbalance, dizziness, having a hard time walking or simply being unable to participate in life like they used to, a physical or occupational therapist can help. They are specialists are helping people to get the most out of their lives and build confidence in everyday activities.
Watch out for falls
Survivors having falls after an incident can be quite common. Even if the falls are minor with no injuries, if they occur frequently then the survivor should be taken to a doctor or physical therapy for the best treatment.
Recovery is always slow and it’s important to meticulously document it in order to be accurate and not lose hope in the process. Functional improvement scores are the measurement by which a survivor’s rehabilitation is recorded.
Get ahead of potential depression
Depression following the incident is incredibly common and caregivers should educate themselves on the warning sighs ahead of time. Not only is depression a horrible problem on its own but it can negatively affect the survivor’s rate of recovery.
Use support groups
Caregivers do not need to be alone in their attempts to help the survivor. Getting in contact with community or specific survivor support groups is always helpful. There are also support groups to help caregivers as well.
Be a good health consumer
Knowing all the details about insurance coverage is the best way to avoid being hung out to dry by providers who want to avoid continued payment for services. It’s important for a caregiver to know the fine print of their rights and the rights of the survivor.
Caregivers need to be vigilant in order to secure the best possible recovery for their charges. Skills like driving after a stroke or even just household activities will take time and support for survivors to re-learn.