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This Week's Carenote - 02/13/09
What activities do you suggest for someone who is recovering from a stroke?

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Name: Laurie
Location: Wisconsin
Date: 02/13/2009
Time: 01:47 PM


My Aunt had a hemorrhagic stroke on 1/22/09. She has a hematoma, with slight left side facial damage, but no other physical difficulties. Due to her current mental state, we are petitioning to become her guardians. We've been "Keeping a Routine". So far the rehab/nursing facility she's in has done well with getting some meals in her and keeping her safe. We've been getting her ready for bed each night after a short visit or walk in her area with her. Personally, I can SEE that it helps to keep *very* positive! We welcome her with a smile, we call her sweetheart, angel-etc. That way if her mood turns negative/sour, we can quickly redirect her to show her our love and affection through our verbal cues and non-verbally with hand holding, patting of her cheeks and rubbing of her back, too Consistency in our case has been key. *Photos have helped her remember peoples names. *Post-it's on her possessions assist her when we aren't there. *A book of HER- I typed up a large font w/ photos short, children's style book all about her and WHY she's living where she is, as she Cannot remember *how* she got there. *We don't let her stay confused for long. If she forgets a word or thought we remind her she suffered a stroke and it's "normal" to be forgetful. * We assist her in getting dressed and bathroom, but NOT too much, only as needed, as she needs to feel some independence. All of this has contributed to some pleasant memorable moments with her. It's not always easy, but we do get her to smile and try to keep her responsive to us. If she doesn't remember our names...Who cares? As long as she's calm and maybe even happy!


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