“There is hope for recovery from a stroke even in elderly and previously ill individuals. This recovery involves proactive and comprehensive post-stroke care and early rehabilitation efforts. Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn skills that have been lost or compromised. It teaches survivors new ways of performing tasks based on their disabilities, such as learning how to bathe or get dressed using only one hand. Experts believe that repetition is important. While learning any new skill requires patience and practice, a repetitive rehabilitation program helps the brain heal.
Physical, recreational, and occupational therapy and other rehab programs are important. Similarly, awareness, sensitivity, and patience are crucial for helping a stroke victim recover. Here are some caregiver tips for post-stroke care:
- Monitor medications. Make sure that prescribed medications are taken and monitor their side effects.
- Evaluate the home environment. Does it need any modifications to reduce risks and better accommodate the patient?
- Ensure a healthy diet. Consider a Mediterranean diet and avoid processed sugars.
- Encourage exercise. Walking can promote stroke recovery. If walking is an issue, arm and leg lifts from a seated position can be helpful.
- Be on the lookout for dizziness or imbalance. Falls are very common in stroke patients.
- Encourage social interaction. Don’t let a stroke victim be reclusive.
- Keep their brain active. The best way for a brain to rewire itself after a stroke is to use it. Encourage brain games like crossword puzzles, board games or card games.
- Offer musical stimuli. Live music and singing, or listening to musical recordings can also help trigger cognitive awareness and jump-start the brain.
- Seek support. Turn to family, friends, caregivers, community resources, and support groups for help.
- Take care of yourself. If you are the primary caregiver, try to maintain balance. You need to monitor your own wellbeing to avoid burnout and continue to provide the best care possible.
Many stroke patients can, in fact, lead very healthy and fulfilling lives again. Learning how to help them cope with the aftermath of this debilitating experience can make a big difference. Be patient, be aware, be strong and don’t hesitate to seek help.” https://homecareassistance.com/blog/can-brain-heal-stroke
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