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Preparing for caregiving

  • If you are going to be a caregiver, think about your role before you start. Ask yourself these questions:

    • Am I ready to work with my loved one on stroke recovery?
    • What are my loved one's needs?
    • Who can best help meet my loved one's needs?
    • Who will be the main caregiver?
    • Will this need to be scheduled around my work or other activities?

    You will have time during discharge to talk to the health care staff about caregiving and about making a plan.

    Take care of yourself

    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.

    • Don't be afraid to ask your loved one's family or friends for help.
    • Ask about community agencies, volunteer groups, churches, respite care or nursing agencies that can help you.
    • Enjoy hobbies or friends. They will bring fun and positive feeling into your life.
    • Learn all you can about stroke symptoms, risk factors, treatment and care.
    • Check out education classes or information in your community.
    • If you have any questions, ask your loved one's health care team.

    Support groups and resources are available for stroke survivors and caregivers.

  • Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4
    Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts
    First published: 02/01/2006
    Last reviewed: 12/09/2011

  • Stroke rehabilitation at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

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