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Adjusting to Family Life after a Stroke

After a stroke, every family member is affected as they strive to help their loved one through the recovery process, including rehabilitation and learning how to best provide care. Although the lingering effects of a stroke may vary according to the severity of the event, there are many things that must be done throughout the recovery process. Home Care Assistance of Annapolis, MD offers the following tips on how a loved one’s circle of support can adjust to the recovery process while providing care to a loved one in the weeks and months following a stroke.

Define Roles as a Family or Circle of Support

Pulling together through hardship is one of the defining characteristics of a strong family or support circle. One of the best things a family or friend support network can do to care for their loved one is to define how each person involved in the circle of support can use his or her individual strengths to provide support. For example, one person may be best at assisting with meal planning while another person may be available to transport the senior to medical appointments.  Dividing up these tasks provides an organized schedule for everyone to follow but also allows each individual to focus on his or her own unique talents. Keeping active during the rehab phase also helps ease the fear, anxiety and stress involved with  caring for a loved one post-stroke.

Implement Communication Strategies

With the family caregiver or circle of support roles defined, it is important to develop a plan for how each member of the family or support network will communicate with others regarding their loved one’s care. A daily journal is one way to provide updates regarding the events that occurred in a stroke survivor’s day. Texting, social media, shared electronic calendars and weekly care plan meetings are other strategies that can be implemented to make sure every caregiver understands what needs must be met.

Plan for Regular Caregiver Breaks

Providing regular care to a stroke survivor can take its toll on the entire family. Therefore, it is important to plan for each caregiver to have a break. While some families rotate shifts, it is also beneficial to have a plan for in-home care services that can offer respite when family members have conflicting schedules. Click here for information about hourly and part time senior care services at Home Care Assistance of Annapolis.

When a loved one suffers a stroke, every member of the family has an opportunity to use their skills to provide care to the survivor. By identifying each family member’s strengths and creating a clear plan for who will provide care and when, the family can begin to rebuild their dynamics while helping their loved one receive compassionate care throughout the rehabilitation process.

If your family is struggling to care for an aging loved one following a stroke, learn more about professional stroke home care and contact Home Care Assistance of Annapolis at 443-302-2771 today. Our Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer your questions and can help you schedule a free in-home consultation to discuss your loved one’s individual needs. Please know that you are not alone.