If you are going to be a caregiver, think about your role before you start. Ask yourself these questions:
You will have time during discharge to talk to the health care staff about caregiving and about making a plan.
Being a caregiver means you need to take care of yourself, too.
Take time each day to just be by yourself. If that doesn't work, take a day or two off during the week. This will refresh you and make you a better caregiver.
Support groups and resources are available for stroke survivors and caregivers.
Allina Health Patient Education, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4
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