Caregiver in Paradise Valley AZ
Caring for loved ones after they’ve had a stroke is not often an easy task. You may be worried about how well they will recover and if they will be at risk for having a stroke again. Guiding loved ones through their stroke recovery and providing them with care can be overwhelming and even scary. Here are a few tips for family caregivers to keep in mind while caring for a loved one who has had a stroke.
Understand the Risks
Be sure to have good communication with your loved one’s doctor throughout the recovery process. Make sure you learn all you can from your loved one’s doctor about how to avoid another stroke. Since you will be guiding your loved ones through their recovery, it is up to you to make sure they reduce their risk of a second stroke. Often, this means preparing healthy meals, encouraging them to exercise, and making sure they don’t miss a doctor’s appointment.
It is important that your loved ones properly take their medications when recovering from a stroke. One of your jobs will be to help them take it properly and make sure that they don’t skip doses or run out.
Keep the Home Safe
Falls can be very detrimental for individuals recovering from a stroke. For this reason, always make sure you take the steps to keep the home safe for your loved ones. Remove any tripping hazards and beware of ice during the wintertime. If your loved ones need help on stairs, you can be there to assist them. It may also be a good idea to install grab bars in the bathrooms and showers.
Watch for Signs of Depression
People who are recovering from a stroke are at a higher risk for depression. Watch your loved ones for signs of depression such as sad or hopeless thoughts, loss of appetite, fatigue, or loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed. If you suspect that they may be developing depression, don’t wait to get them medical attention.
Keep Track of Progress and Celebrate Successes
Keep a record of your loved one’s progress as they recover and make sure that you are able to communicate their progress to their doctor. Make sure to celebrate progress and successes as your loved ones recover and remind them of how well they are doing. Your encouragement will mean a lot to them as they go through this difficult process.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Paradise Valley, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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