Stroke Care: Recognizing the Emotional Recovery

Discussing the Emotional Side Effects of Strokes

By Will Reid, 8:00 am on

When an aging loved one has survived a stroke, the physical recovery is only the beginning. Senior stroke survivors must also regain feelings of independence and confidence. Unfortunately, in the midst of attempting to achieve a “new normal,” the emotional aspects of recovery are often overlooked.

As a leading provider of senior care in Cincinnati, we know that a senior’s emotional well-being can be critical to recovery and should be addressed by family caregivers, the senior’s medical team and anyone else involved in his or her care. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the emotional side effects of strokes and what families can do to help their aging loved ones cope.

Common Emotional Side Effects

Seniors who survive a stroke often experience a wide spectrum of emotions which can include fear of having another stroke, anger and even apathy. Your loved one may feel as though their limitations make them a burden to the family, and may also feel ashamed and embarrassed. This can result in your loved one withdrawing or even becoming reluctant to participate in beneficial therapies.

Issues with Adjustment

As previously mentioned, there are a variety of emotions that your loved one may experience and ultimately, many of them stem from the adjustment process. Whether the physical impact of the stroke is short or long term, the road to recovery will be filled with challenges. Those who have always been independent may find it difficult to rely on help from someone else. Frustration can also arise if help is needed for seemingly “minor” day-to-day activities.

It is important to be as patient as possible with your loved one, assisting them with things that have become difficult or impossible to perform, while allowing them to do as much as possible on their own. If you feel overwhelmed and unable to adjust and provide care for your loved one, consider help from a professional Cincinnati stroke caregiver. Specially trained in how to care for and manage the symptoms of senior stroke survivors, they can help facilitate a quick and safe home recovery.

Occurrence of Depression

According to the National Stroke Association, as much as third of stroke survivors suffer from depression post-stroke. Contrary to popular belief, succumbing to depression does not always occur immediately after the stroke. Some seniors report feelings of depression or sadness in the days following a stroke while others report the same feelings weeks or months later after they’ve begun to adjust to life at home.

How You Can Help

Providing your loved one with the right support systems will be critical as your loved one begins on the road to recovery. Along with being there to care for them as much as possible and enlisting in the help of friends and family, be sure to seek professional assistance as well. Trained in-home caregivers can provide part-time home care in Cincinnati, taking on daily responsibilities and giving you peace of mind that your loved one is in professional and caring hands in your absence. Support from physical, speech and occupational therapists can be extremely beneficial as well, helping to strengthen your loved one’s abilities and confidence.

To learn more about in-home stroke care, reach out to a Care Manger from Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati today. Call 513-891-2273 – we’re available to provide assistance and answer questions twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.