MEASURE AND LOG YOUR LOVED ONE’S RECOVERY PROGRESS
Keeping track of how often your loved one goes to therapy helps indicate their rate of improvement. If they adhere to rehabilitation, over time, you should see progress. One of the best ways you can help is to take note of their communication skills, emotional lability, physical mobility, and any functional improvements made.
STOP POST-STROKE DEPRESSION
Survivors can experience depression during any phase of their recovery — and it can significantly hinder their progress. If you think your loved one is suffering from depression, talk to the doctor. Additionally, both of you can seek support from helpful resources like survivor and caregiver support groups.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP
Caring for a stroke survivor is a big task, and you don’t have to do it alone. Taking care of them also means taking care of yourself. Ask a physical or occupational therapist for help, especially if your loved one experiences dizziness or trouble engaging in everyday activities. Loss of balance and falls are common, but if they’re serious or recurring, contact the doctor.