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Just for the caregiver of a stroke survivor

Your health care team will help you decide what type of care and how much care is needed.

Tip

Caregivers who help at home are usually family members (such as a partner or adult son or daughter).

They may also be friends or professional home health aides.

One person is usually the caregiver. Other people may help once in a while.

Your loved one will have specific needs after a stroke. This means you may need to learn new skills or change your role with your loved one.

It is important that you learn about your loved one's safety, physical and emotional needs.

Tasks the caregiver may do

Here are some tasks you may do as the caregiver:

  • Keep notes about discharge plans. Ask about anything that isn't clear.
  • Help to make sure your loved one takes his or her medicines the right way at the right time.
  • Help to make sure your loved one eats well, exercises and rests.
  • Help your loved one practice the skills learned in rehab.
  • Help your loved one solve problems and learn how to do things.
  • Help your loved one with tasks done before the stroke. This includes using tools, buttoning a shirt and doing housework and social activities.
  • Help your loved one with personal care if needed.
  • Help your loved one's speech if needed. Include him or her in family activities even if he or she cannot actively participate.
  • Arrange for any needed community services.

Support groups

Support group members share common problems about caregiving. Members "lend an ear" so you can share your feelings with others who have like needs and feelings.

Support groups can also give you ongoing education, helpful hints and sources of help in the community. Support group members can become your new friends or give you support.


 

Source: Allina Patient Education, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4

First published: 02/01/2006
Last updated: 12/09/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts