Find a support group

Stroke support groups for survivors and caregivers are available at many area locations.

Just for the caregiver

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

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

Here are some tasks you may do as the caregiver:

  • Keep notes about discharge plans. Ask about anything that is not 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 rehabilitation.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 02/01/2006
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2018