Improve Recovery With Family Teamwork

Stroke recovery doesn’t need to be a solo effort. From balancing a bank account and programming television remotes to driving stroke survivors to physical therapy appointments and helping them bathe, family members and close friends can make a significant impact on the recovery and everyday life of a survivor no matter how modest the task may seem.

When Fred Brock, 56, suffered a series of strokes last year, his family assembled to care for him in his San Diego home. “It felt really good [to have the help] because we’ve always had a real close family and whenever there’s a problem, we rally together and take care of it,” he says.

His daughter, Wendy, works as an accountant, so naturally she manages the family’s finances. His son works in construction and, “if anything breaks down around the house he takes care of it,” Brock says. And his niece regularly drives him to appointments, although Brock boasts he once again is able to drive himself.

Roles of Recovery

Much like Brock’s family, each member can lend a specialty to aid in a stroke survivor’s recovery and take over any tasks the survivor may not be able to complete by themselves.

If you love to cook, offer to prepare meals. Are you skilled in troubleshooting computer issues? Teach a stroke survivor how to restart the WiFi and download helpful apps on their phone. Perhaps you’re a fitness buff and can visit a stroke survivor once or twice a week for a walk around the neighborhood.

Even family members who live out of town can contribute with a variety of caregiving tasks that can be done from afar. Pay bills, send flowers and letters of encouragement, or serve as a lifeline via phone.

Embrace the Help

Although Brock’s pride didn’t get in the way of family coming to his aid, not all stroke survivors openly seek and accept help. That’s a mistake, Brock says.

“Physically you’re limited on what you can do and you just need to learn your limitations and work with that the best you can,” he says. “And try and keep a good sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?”

How did I miss that?

 

You wake up in a hospital, unaware of what happened. Your family and friends gather around to help you any way they can. Your family can’t make sense of what happened, so they see what is available on the internet.  That the problem!

You can’t find ANYTHING you need to do AFTER you had your stroke.

For me, that stroke was 7 years ago.  Now, 7 years later, it is different.  Now you can determine if your heart is stressing out..  You pay attention to FAST and you are aware of the stroke facts.  You have the signs, and your friends and relatives noticed it..and they tell you.

You may notice I DO have post-stroke examples of articles you CAN read.  OK, it’s 1, but it is a start: 5 Ways to Help Your Loved One with Receptive Aphasia  There will be MORE!

In the last 7 years, we have had major progress in stroke.  Now, stoke is the 5th leading cause of death in america..down from the 4th leading cause of death. That’s good news!