Tips for Coping with the Changes Your Parent Faces After a Stroke

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Watching your parent go through a stroke can be a terrifying situation. Strokes are very serious medical condition, and are the third leading cause of death and leading cause of long-term disability among older adults. This means when your parent goes through a stroke, you will be a critical element of their recovery.

Homecare Shelby OH - Tips for Coping with the Changes Your Parent Faces After a Stroke

Homecare Shelby OH – Tips for Coping with the Changes Your Parent Faces After a Stroke

As their family caregiver, you won’t just be helping them deal with the stroke itself. You will also be facing the changes they can experience after the stroke, and helping them to cope as you cope with it yourself. It is important to remind yourself that changes that occur after a stroke can be frightening, and it is normal to have an emotional response to them. Effectively coping with these changes is important to helping your aging loved one recover, and to preserving your own mental and emotional health and well-being through this difficult time.

Use these tips to help you cope with the changes your parent faces after a stroke:

Be realistic about the changes your parent is facing. Many of the changes that can be associated with stroke may not immediately occur to you, and may seem strange. If you are unsure of anything your parent is going through, don’t hesitate to talk to their doctor. Getting full information about the changes your senior has experienced and acknowledging what they are dealing with, as well as the true origin of these changes, can help them seem less daunting for both of you.

Remind yourself that these changes are related to the stroke, and are not an indicator of your parent’s intelligence. Even if your senior is dealing with cognitive changes, memory loss, or issues with their communication, they are still as intelligent as they were and should be treated as such.

Remind yourself that the changes your parent is facing aren’t about you. Even if they seem to lash out at you, experience depression and don’t want to spend time with you, or otherwise change, it does not mean that they no longer love you or don’t want a relationship with you.

Make yourself an active part of your senior’s care and recovery. Go with them to their doctor’s appointments, participate in a support group with them, and make sure they are being treated and respected as an individual rather than just as a person who has gone through a stroke.

Needing help as a family caregiver doesn’t mean you don’t want to care for your senior or that it doesn’t matter to you if they get what’s best for them. Quite the opposite, bringing in help such as a homecare provider can be an exceptional way to boost their health and quality of life, and support more independence as they age in place.

The services of a homecare services provider are totally customized not just to your senior’s needs, but also the care you give and the schedule that is best for both of you. This means the homecare provider is with your parent when they need them to help them manage their challenges, fulfill their needs, and pursue a lifestyle that is fulfilling, meaningful, and active throughout their later years.

If you are considering Homecare Services in Shelby OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.