When a stroke survivor and their caregiver return home from hospitalization, there are new and multiple questions related to your loved one’s change in abilities. What about furniture arrangement and width of entryways and halls? What about a ramp and other adaptive equipment? What about the location of the bedroom and an accessible bathroom?
Along with physical limitations, it is important to note their new cognitive issues such as risk of depression, emotional imbalance, impulsiveness, and even an overall change in personality. Caregivers are also at risk while discovering their own limitations. Stress can quickly take over, along with depression, and even resentment towards the stroke survivor.
Eventually caregivers may notice how lonely this new role can become, even after the crisis stage passes. Be proactive and reach out! Avoid isolation even during this time of covid restrictions. Build a care network of others to call on while you take a much needed break, even for a couple of hours. Be honest with yourself that you need assistance and socialization, that your health and well-being are just as important. It’s okay to reach out, to cry, and even to laugh!
The Edel Caregiver Institute is here to support you during your caregiver journey. We offer online Caregiver Fellowship twice monthly, as well as individual consultations at no cost to you.