Tips on Caring for a Parent Who’s Had Stroke

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Once a stroke survivor is stabilized, the recovery process begins. The length of time needed to recover largely depends on the severity of the stroke and its location in the brain. However, family members have the opportunity to play an important role in the process.

Safety Issues

Before your older loved one returns home, assess the environment and eliminate possible safety hazards. Pathways must be cleared to prevent tripping and falling in the event your loved one is unsteady on his or her feet, and they must be wide enough in case your parent needs to use a walker or a wheelchair until balance, coordination, and walking ability return. The bathroom must also have grab bars so your loved one can maintain his or her balance and avoid falling. 

Recovering from a stroke, managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and a variety of other health-related situations can make it difficult for a senior to continue living at home without someone there to help. Rowlett, TX, live-in care professionals are trained to help seniors who need 24/7 assistance. With the help of a live-in caregiver, your elderly loved one can maintain a higher quality of life while aging in place.

Medications

Your loved one will most likely have to take a number of prescription medications to reduce the risk of blood clots and regulate blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol levels. Make sure your parent takes all medications as prescribed, and obtain medication refills for your loved one when needed. Learn about potential side effects and monitor for possible unpleasant adverse reactions. Join your parent during follow-up medical appointments and share your observations about progress or problems.

Diet

To recover from a stroke, the body needs proper fuel to promote healing, and the right diet can prevent another stroke. Main meals should consist of lean meat, poultry, or fish for protein. Encourage eating plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, which provide fiber and a wealth of nutrients in addition to antioxidants, which prevent free radicals from causing further cell damage. Include whole grains, nuts, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Limit salt and fat intake. If your loved one has difficulty chewing or swallowing, modify the texture of the meals as needed. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Rowlett Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Therapy

Stroke survivors commonly work with occupational, physical, and speech therapists once their condition stabilizes. These appointments may continue for two or more months after the event. Accompany your loved one to these appointments to become familiar with his or her progress. Learn how to work with your loved one at home while offering support and encouragement. Progress often plateaus around eight weeks. At that time, your loved one may become discouraged and want to quit trying, but help your loved one push through the obstacle. It’s not unusual for a senior to experience increased abilities months or years after having a stroke.

Family Support

Stroke survivors must have a strong sense of self-worth so they’ll want to get better. Being surrounded by family members helps seniors feel loved. Encourage and assist your loved one when needed. Don’t make your loved one feel as if he or she is less of a person because he or she is in a debilitated state. Respect your loved one’s privacy and independence. Value his or her opinions. Include him or her in family activities. Surround him or her with compassion, patience, and love.

Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted senior care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help. Call us at (972) 722-7833 today to talk to one of our compassionate Care Managers about our high-quality home care services.