COMING HOME AFTER A STROKE
As your loved one prepares to come home from the hospital or rehabilitation center, there are some things you can do to ease that transition.
DISCHARGE PLANNING: should start on day one of admission to the facility--not on the day prior to or of discharge. It involves a team of health-related disciplines coordinated by a case manager or discharge planner. Family involvement is a must. It should include an assessment of your loved one's living environment, family and caregiver support and disability benefits.
GOALS OF DISCHARGE PLANNING: Making sure your loved one has a safe place to live; deciding what care, assistance or special equipment will be needed; teaching you the needed skills to provide your loved one with daily care and assistance at home; arranging follow-up care with health care provider(s).
HAVING A FRIENDLY LIVING PLACE: Many stroke survivors can return to their own home. Others may need to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The choice depends on your loved one's needs for care and whether caregivers are available in the home. Most importantly--that it is a safe environment!
Prior to your loved one returning home--a home visit should be performed. Suggestions may be made to make home safer, such as rearranging rooms to avoid use of stairs, moving throw rugs or small pieces of furniture that could cause falls, placing grab bars and seats in tubs and showers.
*It is also a good idea for your loved one to go home for a trial visit before discharge. this will help identify problems that need to be corrected before he/she returns. *
ADJUSTING TO THE CHANGE: Returning home after a stroke is a big adjustment for patient, family members and other caregivers involved in the care. It may be a challenge to transfer the new skills learned to the home environment. You will discover how the stroke will affect your daily lives and what adjustments are needed both physical and emotional.
As a caregiver, you may have many new responsibilities and you'll have to be prepared to deal with the stress that comes with them. Even when family and friends help, conflicts over care giving issues can cause pressure. Learning to deal with this stress is an important part of keeping yourself healthy.
*Remember that you need support, understanding and some time to rest too!*
We at ElderCaring can provide home care assistance!