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How difficult is it to take care of stroke victims? Moreover, did you ever see yourself in the role of a caretaker for stroke patients? Is there a way to actually help the victim of stroke while keeping your sanity and your health? Below is some useful info and tips for caring for a stroke sufferer and for yourself too.
There really isn't a way to prepare for being a caretaker of a stroke sufferer. In almost all cases, you are thrown suddenly into this unexpected situation and you don't quite know what to do next. This is even more magnified during the rehab process.
Gain Independence After a Stroke, Don't Slack Off
Giving the patient their independence as much as can be done safely, is one of the best things you can do as a caretaker. Get the home set up as much as possible for a stroke sufferer. By doing this they get some independence and dignity.
A power recliner chair is a good example of what independence could be. If they can recline their chair to their comfort, the victim has done something good for themselves. If the victim is in a wheelchair, you can make things more accessible by putting it within their reach.
You can have a simple ramp to use to go outside. Adding a reachable chain to a lamp switch will allow the victim to turn the light on and off. Having the kitchen utensils in a low drawer will make them usable to the victim, and they can practice using them more often.
Staying Positive after a Stroke
If you take the time to do some simple things like putting an adjustable tray next to their bed and using a bench in the shower it can mean all the difference to independence. When you are dealing with Stroke Recovery, it is very important to keep life simple and upbeat. The reality is tough to face, but when you face it with a smile and positive attitude, your victim will do the same.
To be a good caretaker you will need to take care of yourself also. You will not be effective unless you are well rested and healthy. It is essential to take get some quite time on your own, eat regular meals and get as much rest as you can.
Don't forget your sense of humor. It will get you through the toughest of times. Look for the funny side of any situation and you will get through almost anything that life throws at you.
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