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Helping Your Loved One Recover after a Stroke

12/02/2016

Brain injuries caused by a stroke can leave a family member physically and/ or mentally disabled. These unexpected incidents can come with troublesome consequences for victims and their families. Although strokes are most commonly associated with seniors 65 and older, they can occur at any age.

There are three common types of stroke: ischemic, the most common type of stroke, evoked by blood clots; hemorrhagic, kindled by bursted blood vessels that induce brain bleeding; and transient ischemic attack, a small stroke produced by a passing blood clot.

You can aid in a family member’s recovery after a stroke. Learn some tips on how to recover from stroke quickly, including several different types of therapy and a strong support system from loved ones.

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Helping Your Loved One with the Stroke Recovery Process

Seek immediate help

It’s important to immediately recognize the symptoms of a stroke. This will help you seek out prompt and proper treatment. Keep the acronym F.A.S.T in mind:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 9-1-1

Patients who get to the emergency room within the first 3 hours of a stroke have a better chance of less disability months after the attack.

Choose a credible rehabilitation center

According to the American Stroke Association, rehabilitation is the most significant phase of stroke recovery. The goal of rehabilitation is to nurture strength and confidence so stroke victims can return to daily routines, which may be more difficult due to side effects of a stroke. Not all patients will follow the same rehabilitation program. Doctors will help your loved one come up with a plan specific to their needs.

There are several local inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers. Where you decide to go depends on several factors like your disabled family member’s specific needs, the ability to travel back and forth, and the reputation of the facility. Rehabilitation centers are a good way for caregivers to also find support while assisting in a loved one’s stroke recovery.

Follow the doctor’s orders

Many who have suffered a stroke may want to deny the serious side effects or the lifestyle changes necessary for continued recovery. Find a doctor you and your loved one trust and can easily communicate with during stroke recovery. Let your family member be part of the research during this time. Feeling like they have a choice in their health decisions makes it more likely they’ll follow their treatment plan.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, so you have a clear understanding of the medications your loved is taking, what they are for, and any possible side effects. Organize these medications, so you’re sure your loved is taking the right dose at the right time.

Watch your loved one’s diet

A healthy diet can help with blood pressure and weight after a stroke. Incorporate whole grains like barley, oatmeal, and brown rice into your loved one’s diet. Pick dark green vegetables that are high in nutrients. Snack on lots of fruits during the day. Various products rich in calcium, not necessarily only dairy, are important as well. Lastly, protein should be lean and low in fat.

Start paying attention to nutrition labels on products when shopping. Keep the sodium content in mind before putting it in your cart.

Encourage physical activity

Communicate with your loved one’s doctor before starting an exercise routine. Once you get the green light, think of simple aerobic exercises your loved one can do. Activities like swimming and light jogs can begin to encourage weight loss as well as fight off any depression your loved one may be feeling. Start off slow with exercise, aim for 30 minutes three to four times per week.

Find Support at Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers

Caregivers may want to return to work after their loved one has begun successfully completing rehabilitation programs and showing signs of stroke recovery. Call us today at 702-319-4600 and find out how Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers’ nursing, physical therapy, and other services can help your loved one after a stroke.