What Caregivers Should Know About Stroke
Stroke afflicts more than 200,000 people annually, often leaving a lasting mark on the patient’s life. At Santé, our caring and competent staff is here to help rehabilitate patients who have experienced a stroke with the goal of restoring their independence to the highest level possible.
As health care professionals, our team at Santé understands the uncertainty that comes along with being a caregiver of a stroke patient. For this reason, we believe in providing support for caregivers, as well. Here are a few things that you will want to know about stroke.
No two stories are the same.
The effects of a stroke depend on the area of the brain deprived of oxygen, the time it took to receive treatment, and the extent of the damage. Some patients experience weakness while others experience paralysis. The same goes for changes in speech, cognition, and continence. Our compassionate team assesses each patient’s needs and creates a comprehensive treatment plan for the rehabilitation process.
There is hope for recovery.
Many patients regain some strength and control with dedication and the right therapy team. The best outcome results from a combination of adaptation and hard work, which can improve the patient’s physical ability and accommodate changes that have occurred. Our occupational therapists at Santé play a key role in helping patients find ways to be independent and enjoy quality of life despite new limitations.
You are an important piece of the puzzle.
Loving support is a critical piece of the puzzle. The best way that friends and family members can support a loved one throughout recovery is by spending time with them and showing that they care. What patients need most from you is encouragement and companionship.
Not all facilities are equal.
If short-term rehabilitation is required, it’s important to select the best possible facility for the patient. The right facility:
- Is staffed with compassionate caregivers dedicated to patient success
- Provides a comfortable atmosphere that reflects a home setting to encourage patient well-being and ease
- Serves appetizing meals with multiple menu offerings to promote adequate nutrition for recovery
- Encourages independence, interaction, and quality of life.
To learn more about stroke recovery and the family caregiver’s role, visit our expert team at Santé today. We are here to offer support and are ready to help you find the best solution for you and your family.< Back to Library