Stroke caregivers provide an incredible array of services to loved ones, ranging from wellness care to physical help to emotional support, and many more in between. After your loved one has suffered a stroke, maintaining close communication with his or her care team is critical. Since your loved one will likely work with several specialists, including a physician, physical therapist, and speech therapist, it can be helpful to use a large binder to organize all of the healthcare information. Maintain up-to-date records on your loved one’s progress in rehab and any new symptoms you’ve noticed. Bring these records to each appointment at the hospital, and alert the physician to new symptoms and any other changes in your loved one’s condition.
In addition to coordinating your loved one’s healthcare, arrange the home to make it safer and easier for your loved one to get around. Stroke survivors often suffer falls. Remove throw rugs and other tripping hazards. Invest in any durable medical equipment your loved one needs, such as a walker or raised toilet seat. Lastly, be mindful of your own needs. Caregiving is a demanding job; reach out for help from family members and friends.
At Englewood Community Hospital, our team is here to support stroke survivors and their family members. Families throughout Northport, Venice, and Englewood, FL can call (888) 658-1598 to consult with a registered nurse for more information.