Here at Topline Care we have an incredible team of stroke carers who care for those that have had strokes. This means we are often asked by family members and loved ones of those that have had a stroke, how they can care for and support their loved one.
Recognizing the signs of a Stroke
Recognizing the signs of a stroke and calling 999 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. A stroke can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, gender or race. Strokes occur when a blockage cuts o blood flow to a part of the brain, resulting in the death of brain cells and brain damage. A stroke is a very serious medical emergency. Because of this, every minute counts so act FAST. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time to call 999.
reverse the signs of a stroke
Here are some top tips to support recovery from a stroke and help your loved one feel independent again.
- The first thing to do is ask for guidance from professionals. Just like you have come to us to read this blog post, ask for advice from those that have played a major part in the recovery of your loved one. They may have seen things that work or have recommendations for you.
- Encourage your loves one to take on family responsibilities from the start. You may find that previous activities aren’t possible, so create smaller responsibilities that helps the person stay involved in family life. This will not only help boost their confidence, but it will help maintain good relationships with other family members too.
- Try not to do too much. It’s important to give your loved one the right amount of care, but not too much so they lose their independence. Support and encourage your loves one to do as much as they can on their own. This is likely to be a challenge for you all at the beginning, but it will be worth it in the long run.
- It’s important to be as patient as your can. Remember, the stroke will have damaged your loved one’s brain. This means it can be difficult to relearn even the simplest of tasks. Take your time with them and the tasks that they are no longer finding as simple as they used to.
- Stay positive. Recovering from a stroke is a slow process. It’s essential that you give praise at every opportunity and really celebrate those wins, however small they seem. Reassure the person you are caring for that you are there for them and that you love them, regardless.
Recovery from A Stroke is a slow process
When a person has a stroke recovery can be achieved within 2 to 3 months if there has been no brain damage or paralysis. However, for some people recovery from a stroke can take 2 years or even longer in some cases.
If you need a professional stroke carer to help you, or your loved one, it’s okay to ask. That’s what the professionals are there for.