7 Caregiver Tips for Looking After A Stroke Patient

A stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is either interrupted or reduced. When this happens, the brain does not get enough oxygen or nutrients which cause brain cells to die.

3 Main Kinds Of Stroke:

  1. Ischemic strokes (caused by a blocked artery)

  2. Haemorrhagic strokes (caused by leaking or bursting of a blood vessel)

  3. Transient Ischemic attacks (temporary disruption of blood flow to their brain)

Looking after your parents after they have a stroke can be draining on your  time, emotions and resources. Hence we have some caregiver tips for you, as well as to enlighten you on the risk factors of stroke to prevent it if your parents have not had one.

Risk Factors:

  • Being overweight or obese or physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyle

  • Excess consumption of alcohol

  • High blood pressure or cholesterol

  • Cigarette smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke

  • Diabetes

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (obstruction of airflow during sleep, preventing air from entering the lungs)

  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart defects, heart infection or abnormal heart rhythm

  • Personal or family history of stroke, heart attack or transient ischemic attack

  • Being age 55 or older

Tips For Caregiving:

  1. Use walking aids like a cane or a walker to help prevent falls.

  2. Getting devices like reachers, sock aids, and buttonhooks that can help your parents get dressed independently.

  3. Visit an optometrist to manage vision problems. After a stroke, some people have problems seeing to one side. For example, people with right-sided paralysis may have difficulty seeing to the right.

  4. Monitor eating times as the inability to feel food on one or both sides of the mouth might increase the risk of choking. Your parents may need further tests or an evaluation by a speech therapist.

  5. Manage bladder problems, such as emptying their bladder regularly. Some people suffer the loss of bladder control after a stroke. But this is usually temporary.

  6. Always be reassuring and encouraging as strong support from the family can be a big help in stroke recovery.

  7. Help with speech impediments as your parents may have trouble communicating, which can be very frustrating for them. You can help by speaking slowly and directly and listening carefully.

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