As a family caregiver, you put a tremendous amount of time and effort into helping your senior to avoid serious health issues and events such a stroke. No matter how hard you try, however, these events can still occur, and it is important to be prepared to help your parent manage them as effectively as possible. Knowing what you can do after your parent experiences a serious medical event can make the situation less frightening and give both of you more confidence in your ability to handle the challenges of their recovery. One important element of recovery may be stroke rehab. This type of therapy is designed to help your parent cope with the lingering effects of stroke and to adapt to the changes so they can live a life that is as healthy and independent as possible.
The basic elements of stroke rehab include:
- Improving mobility and motor skills to handle basic daily tasks
- Increasing strength and coordination
- Focusing activities on stimulating the mind, improving cognitive functioning, and preserving memory
- Addressing any speech issues that might have occurred if the stroke affected speech centers of the brain. This can make communication easier and improve your senior’s sense of independence and self
- Using eye exercises to improve eye strength and vision if the stroke impacted the vision centers of the brain
- Improving balance to reduce fall risk and improve overall mobility
- Helping your senior to adapt to their new functioning if they are experiencing lingering effects of the stroke
Many elderly adults struggle with serious emotional impact after suffering a stroke. Your senior may be depressed, or feel afraid and discouraged. Managing these emotional impacts and helping them to experience better mental and emotional well-being is a critical part of the overall recovery process. Making senior care a part of their healing and recovery can help you to accomplish this goal. A senior home care services provider can offer a wide range of highly personalized care services to your senior. These can include meal preparation, assistance with activities of daily living, mobility support, and more, but you should not overlook the value of simple companionship. Just by being there with your parent to share conversation, enjoy activities, do crafts, and more, this care provider can help your parent to feel acknowledged, supported, and capable of continuing to live a meaningful and fulfilling life as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Senior Care Spartanburg, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116. Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.