SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS
. . . HELP STAY POSITIVE &
TAKE A DAY AT A TIME . . .
"Support" for caregivers is important! "Stroke caregiver's
support" is out there and you need to communicate with each other! You will not only receive support, but you will be helping to support others. This in itself, will help you!
Being such a "slow" process in moving forward after
a stroke, a caregiver learns many things along the way.
Patience and not giving up is at the top of the list. Things
can change, not only on a day to day basis, but also a
minute to minute basis. The caregiver is the one that
keeps the positive energy flowing for their beloved family
member. Things can be going along well one moment
and then there can be total chaios the next.
The caregiver has to keep it all together. They have to
stay calm, such as, when the stroke survivor falls and can't
get up. The caregiver works with the them to figure out
how to get up. Especially, if there is a lot of mass within
them, and not so much with you. You laugh, you cry, you
pull, tug, and grab hold of each other. And, hopefully
together you get up off the floor and start stroking forward
The caregiver needs to make sure the home is safe and
comfortable for the stroke survivor. No throw rugs that they
could trip on. No glass table that could break, if they were
to fall on it. No bright lights, if the stroke survivor's eyes
are sensitive. Snacks and leftovers available, if the stroke
survivor gets hungry in the middle of the night, wants to
get it on their own, and not wake anybody.
If this is the case and the stroke survivor only has the use of
one side of their body because of paralysis, make sure the
snacks are easy to open with one hand. A tight lid on a jar of
pickles will be frustrating and hard to open, if able to open at
all. Remember, we want to continually encourage stroking
forward for a better life. You can take the lid off, replace it
with saran wrap or foil. You could also put the contents into
a plastic container with an easy removeable lid.
For some great daily living aids . . . click here.
As a caregiver, don't forget about yourself. Treat yourself
a little. Lock yourself in the bathroom with a bottle of
bubble bath and a glass of wine. Relax a little and enjoy
the peace for a while. Or give yourself a manicure . . . don't
forget your feet! Buy yourself something . . . anything!
For you men, go down to the local sports bar, have a beer
and chat with the guys for a while. Or maybe, you play
golf . . . go hit a bucket of balls out or play 18 holes. It
doesn't matter what your likings are . . . just take some
time for yourself and enjoy! You need it . . . you deserve it!
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