Carers of Stroke Survivor

Put simply, the carer’s role is to ...

    •    assist the stroke survivor to do things which they are unable to do because of their stroke-related physical, mental, emotional or communication disabilities;

    •    encourage the stroke survivor to make desirable life style changes in areas such as diet and physical and mental exercise;

    •    create and maintain a relaxing, yet stimulating, home environment where the stroke survivor can explore ways to improve his or her quality of life.

It should not be the role of the carer to ‘wrap the stroke survivor in cotton wool’ to protect them from their post-stroke world. That frequently creates even further frustration in the mind of the stroke survivor and greatly inhibits possibilities for long-term recovery. The brain is capable of many extraordinary things because of the process of neuroplasticity (or brain plasticity), and by playing the roles listed above, the carer is creating ideal conditions in which brain plasticity can work to improve the survivor’s quality of life.

A relaxing and stimulating home environment can be created by replacing the atmosphere of frantic activity that may have existed before the stroke with naturally relaxing elements such as music, aromas, sights and sounds of nature. These are the things that are sometimes missing in our hectic modern life styles, yet the human brain is acutely tuned to deriving pleasure from the sights, sounds and smells of the natural world.

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March 25, 2017