Watching a loved one recover from a stroke can be heartbreaking.
It can also be stressful – for the stroke victim, as well as their family members.
After a stroke, there’s a lot which needs to be done to help elderly parents regain their strength, health, and a measure of independence.
Fortunately, caregivers aren’t alone in their efforts. With the help, support, and education of a senior care team providing adult day care in Atlanta, caregivers can feel confident knowing they’re providing the very best for their parents.
After the Stroke: What Caregivers Can Do to Help Their Loved One
Once an elderly parent returns home from the hospital after a stroke, caregivers can have so many questions running through their head. Will I be able to provide my parent with the care they really need? Can we prevent complications or even another stroke down the road?
Take Time Out for Education
Education is key. Doctors, as well as trained professional senior care providers, are an excellent source of information.
Caregivers should ask their parent’s doctor all they can about the type of stroke which their parent has endured. Understanding this will help them know what steps they need to take during the recovery process. Such information is also helpful to pass along to home care aides or adult day services staff.
Make Home Modifications Where Necessary
To help their parents during the recovery process, caregivers might need to:
- Rearrange furniture
- Set up railings in certain areas of the home
- Remodel the bathroom
- Widen doorways
Take Part in the Rehabilitation Process
Caregivers should do all they can to encourage their parent’s progress when working with physical therapists, nurses, and speech therapists. However, it’s essential to avoid pushing and pressuring as this can lead to frustration and disappointment, which may incline them to give up.
Prevent Future Strokes
To help prevent a future stroke, caregivers should ensure their parents take their prescribed medications. Another way to prevent a second stroke is to encourage parents to eat a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in processed foods.
How Adult Day Care Can Help Caregivers and Their Parents During This Difficult Time
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen burnt out caregivers. Understanding burnout is real and finding ways to prevent it is imperative.
Thankfully, caregivers can get the support they need with adult day care services. Getting a break for even just a few hours a week can play a huge role in reducing stress and eventual burnout.
What can caregivers and their loved ones expect from our adult day care programs?
First, we treat those in our care with love and kindness – like they’re a part of our family.
The Skylark team is also focused on providing engaging activities like field trips and picnics. We also provide educational programs to help enrich the lives of those we care for.
We want to ensure family members have the knowledge they need to care for their elderly parents. Caring for someone after a stroke can be stressful and worrisome. We give families the tools they need to feel confident in the care they provide for their loved ones at home.
Skylark Senior Care: Adult Day Care Services and Beyond
At Skylark Senior Care, we understand just how much caregivers have on their plate. Adult children of stroke victims have a lot of responsibilities. They must care for their own family and job responsibilities, as well as the needs of their elderly parents.
We can help. Our adult day care services are an ideal way to ensure the wellbeing of elderly parents while providing caregivers with a respite they so desperately need.
Additionally, we offer home care services which can provide further support. When you and your parents need assistance with chores at home or running errands, our professional aides will be there for you.