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Recovering from a stroke is understandably difficult.

Recovery takes time and puts strain on a person, both physically and emotionally, psychologically and financially, so having the support of a loved one is a crucial part of the process, providing mental and physical support when they need it most. 

Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to know how to offer support to a loved one who has suffered a stroke. Here, we have outlined a few ways you can best help a friend or loved one who is in the process of stroke recovery:

1. Learn about the condition

No two strokes are the same in the way it affects a person. It’s important for you to know and understand everything you can about your loved one’s specific condition when helping them with their recovery.

The first few weeks after a stroke are the most critical for knowledge. You’ll likely encounter a lot of medical information and some of it can be confusing, overwhelming and stressful. It’s important to take in every piece of information you can, so you can look to provide your loved one with the best, most thorough care and support possible.

Support groups can be especially helpful in explaining confusing terminology to people in support systems, as well as enabling you to listen to the experiences of others. Many hospitals offer these, and you will likely find comfort in socialising with others in a similar position.

 

2. Communication is key

Many people who have suffered a stroke encounter problem that affect their speech and language, like dysarthria or aphasia. This can be emotionally draining for the person and can create boundaries between them and the people they need to communicate with.

You’ll likely need to learn new, different ways of communicating with your loved one so you can understand and relay his or her needs. There are, fortunately, several strategies you can use to communicate, like writing or drawing, verbal expressions, gestures, or a computer communication system.

The team here at URC can help and support you with this. If you are looking for tips and further information, why not get in touch with us by emailing info@uplandscarecentre.com.

 

3.  Offer emotional support for your loved one

According to statistics provided by Stroke.org, around a third of stroke survivors experience depression after their stroke, which can severely hinder the recovery process, both physically and emotionally.

It’s important to treat depression as soon as possible so your loved one can move forward with their recovery. You are an integral part of this process, helping to ensure that your loved one knows his or her thoughts are valid, and they are not alone.

Share books, magazines, or articles with your loved one, with inspirational stories from other stroke survivors. Share what you learn in your support groups. Then, encourage your loved one to express his or her own emotions. It will be a healthy release and will show that you’re there to listen to them.

 

4. Consider a rehabilitation centre for additional support

Rehabilitation and reablement services, such as those we provide here at Uplands, help a person recovering from a stroke to learn or relearn the skills they need to live successfully at home independently. Occasionally, people will continue to need some form of care or help with their daily activities and, here at Uplands, we are able to provide that.

Every patient with a neurological disorder is affected differently and therefore, the neurological physical therapy we provide is tailored to a patient’s needs, to help improve their overall health.

 

5. Support is integral for recovery

Often, a stroke patient’s success with recovery relies heavily on the support of those around him/her, including their rehabilitation team, loved ones and friends and family. 

Without the proper emotional support, it can be difficult for a stroke victim to overcome concerns about the future.

Provide emotional support to your loved one by learning more about the recovery process and how to best support him/her. Be open to new ideas and offer your dedicated support. 

 

For more information on stroke rehabilitation and other conditions we treat here at Uplands, or to book an appointment with us, visit our website: https://uplandscare.co.uk/contact/contact-us, call us on 01702 880087 or email us at info@uplandscarecentre.com.