We have posted a few articles on preventing certain life altering events like a stroke. Through our Caregiver Stories, we have also touched on some things to expect after a stroke. Senior health is an important aspect to preventing a stroke and for stroke recovery.
There are four main therapies to expect after a stroke. Some needed more than others. Each patient is different. These therapies need to take place to help with stroke recovery.
So what are these stroke recovery therapies?
- Physical therapy to help improve movement, gain strength and general mobility.
- Emotional therapy to help with mood changes and sometimes depression.
- Cognitive therapy to improve speech and memory.
- Technogical therapy such has learning to do things with aids or devices.
It is important for both the patient and the caregiver to understand the different types of therapies and their purpose. Understanding these will be beneficial in understanding what needs to get the stroke patient on the mend. It also makes things more bearable when you know what to expect.
So ask questions. Lots of questions. Doctors, nurses, PSWs, physiotherapists, occupational therapists etc. Ask away. It will bring you some peace of mind. It will help you be better equipped to manage the stroke recovery period.
As a caregiver or a patient, you need to understand possible limitations so you can successfully prepare for them. You should also know what kind of things you can do to help the recovery along. i.e. playing certain games to help the mind, certain exercises to help with strength and mobility.
Having some insight as to what to expect is always beneficial.
Stroke patients will lash out. They often become frustrated and depressed. They may feel overwhelmed at becoming dependant on anyone or anything. They likely just want to go back to the way things were before their stroke.
All of these therapies can help them work towards that. While some patients may return to their original physical and mental state post stroke, others will likely have to learn new means to manage some day to day activities.
Knowledge is only a click away so read as much as you can. Including from the American Stroke Association www.strokeassociation.org and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.com
Read some more on post strokes via the original article https://www.griswoldhomecare.com/blog/whats-normal-during-stroke-recovery
This article is intended for informational purposes only. Please contact your health practitioner for more information and support.