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Caring for Stroke

By Janie Rosman, Staff Writer

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Caring for a stroke survivor can be emotionally, mentally and physically stressful. You should ask the doctor and healthcare team what the person will need at home, be it equipment (a cane, a walker); assistance with bathing, dressing, tending to personal needs; help with preparing meals and cooking; or financial management. Caregivers can support their loved one and encourage small accomplishments, which mean a lot to someone who has to relearn a once-mastered skill.

The Caregiverís Role

  • Assist with doctorís appointments, medications, and exercises

  • Manage financial matters and transportation

  • Provide the stroke survivor with physical, mental and emotional support

  • Assist the stroke survivor with daily activities such as personal care and hygiene

  • Plan out the stroke survivorís care, including setting routines and managing the care team

  • Assess stroke survivorís medical needs, communicate with healthcare professionals and advocate (medically) for the stroke survivor

 

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