A stroke patient is a big responsibility. They need constant attention, motivation, and proper medical care even at home.
Some things that need attention which caring for a stroke patient at home includes:
1. Physical Therapy: The major struggle after the stroke is physical mobility limitations. Getting a physiotherapist to come regularly and rehabilitate the patient is very necessary to promote faster recovery, movement, and strength of the arms and feet and are very essential to help rewire the brain.
2. Assist, Do Not Insist: Stroke patients need to reteach their brain even the smallest of daily activities like brushing, buttoning shirts, etc. A caregiver needs to assist them in their daily activities but not do the activities for them and give them an opportunity to do things for themselves.
3. Fall Risk Precautions: Stroke patients have a high fall risk due to balance issues and muscular lethargy. Making slight modifications to their home, for example, having support bars in the washroom and stairway, bed rails, and motion sensor lights can help improve safety.
4. Emotional and Mental Healing: A stroke patient at some point during the recovery can feel depressed or as a burden on their family, it is important to talk to them, spend quality time, and make them feel important and wanted.
Caring for family is a blessing, but it can be mentally and physically tiring as well. If you are the only caregiver in your family, then it is recommended to Hire an attendant at Home who can assist you in taking care of your loved one.