3 Ways to Encourage Recovery After a Stroke

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Individuals who survive a stroke often find themselves facing cognitive, physical, and emotional ailments. Recovery after a stroke may seem like a daunting process, especially if the patient has a host of issues to address. Here are a few ways to encourage recovery after a stroke. 

1. Follow the Advice of Your Neurologist

After a stroke, the patient is evaluated to create a careful plan of action. This action plan is designed to address the problems that the patient is facing while helping them regain the ability to complete the activities of daily independent living. The plan typically includes services like physical therapy, speech therapy, and regular physician appointments. 

Unfortunately, many stroke patients don't fully adhere to their neurologists' suggested plan. They may become frustrated with slow progress or have issues procuring transportation to the appointments. Make sure to address any concerns that may prevent the patient from completing the plan with their neurologist. It's possible they may offer some services in-home or partner with community agencies to assist with transportation limitations. 

2. Join a Stroke Recovery Group

A stroke recovery group is a support group for individuals who are pursuing recovery after a stroke. Patients who join a stroke group tend to feel less isolated and appreciate having a place where they can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings with other people who are going through similar experiences. 

When a patient wants to stop their therapy sessions because they're disappointed over their lack of progress or feeling frustrated by the experience, support from a stroke support group can give them the motivation they need to adhere to their plan. They'll also learn new coping techniques that will help them address and process the challenges that they're facing.

There are support sessions held in-person and online. This makes it possible for the stroke patient to attend when transportation is a problem, or if they're concerned about exposing themselves to germs.

3. Adapt the Patient's Home to Their Abilities

After a stroke, one of the goals of recovery is for the patient to be able to live independently or to at least be as independent as possible. Small changes to the patient's home can increase their independence and boost their capabilities. Consider rearranging their home to better accommodate a wheelchair or walker. Add grab bars and rails to the bathroom so that they can safely maneuver themselves. Opt for a lower bedframe so that it's easier for the patient to get in and out of bed.

For more information about how to hire a stroke group in your area, contact a local medical service near you to learn more.


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