So just what can family and friends do? Other than just being there for the patient, they need to takes steps themselves to ask questions of the various medical personnel in charge of the patient's recovery and find out about the therapy and other steps that will be taken to aid the patient. Ask how this process can be continued at home - the most crucial part in the recovery process.
Family and friends will want to create and continually provide a secure environment for the patient when leaving the hospital. It needs to be an environment that is not only physically secure and comfortable but also emotionally secure. That means that it needs to be a place where the patient can begin the long road to recovery of speech, reading skills, and so forth - the daily parts of living.
This also entails spending much time together, such as reading together. Do not make the patient feel as though every moment of the day is spent on him trying to regain functions such as reading. Rather, make it time spent together where perhaps you alone read to the patient. It is "quality time" which you do not want to forsake simply because the patient is changed after the stroke. The patient needs your time more than ever.
The journal Stroke says that increased "levels of social support were found to be predictive of a more rapid rate of recovery and a greater amount of overall improvement in functioning, even among patients with more severe stroke."
What if you are not a member of the family, and still want to be an integral part of the healing process? Keep in mind that your regular visits alone are a great healing tool for your friend. Spend good time together, perhaps inviting the patient out with you to some of your favorite spots.
Yes, friends who are supportive really can actually "rescue" a stroke patient from the isolation that can come from such a situation and which often times than not does result with most victims of stroke.
Your friend or family member who has suffered a stroke will have a hard road of recovery, and do not be surprised if mood swings and crying spells occur. Just be there for the patient when this does occur, but do not be pushy. This is all a part of the healing process. Crying is embarrassing enough for the stroke victim, so do not make the situation even worse. Be the shoulder he or she needs when these times arise. Yes, just remain calm and stay by their side!
Personalities of stroke victims can change a little or a lot after the stroke. It may be that you will never see that person you once knew, but you must love that person for who he or she is now. They are still there; this thing that has happened to them has just really altered everything they once knew as well. You will most likely find that their wonderful qualities still exist that you knew about them before.
No matter how much the person has changed, always affirm their worth in your own eyes and those of others around them. Make sure you are making every effort to talk to them and spend time with them. This is a long road to recovery, but it can be a successful one if friends and family are a big part of the process!
By Susan Brown
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