The Filipino Caregiver’s Guide in Taking Care of Stroke Patients
Difficulties after stroke often include speech difficulty, arm and leg malfunctions, and emotional negative impacts such as anxiety, grief, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Filipino caregiver or Indonesian caregiver who takes care of stroke patients must completely understand the risks and challenges the patient is facing. These challenges may not seem obvious, but it must be identified immediately.
For live-in caregivers in Singapore who are taking care of stroke patients and helping in their recovery, here are few important points you need to take note:
1) Cases of stroke varies from one patient to another.
Once a person had a stroke, there is a high possibility that it would happen again. The Indo caregiver or Filipino caregiver must see to it that the patient is eating healthy, doing some exercise, and meeting his doctor regularly.
One of the common misconceptions about stroke is that it is a disease that affects people in a uniform way. But the truth is, the speed of recovery differs from one person to another. Some of the factors of recovery are the location of stroke in someone’s brain, the patient’s motivation, and how much of the brain was affected. The live-in caregiver’s assistance in rehabilitation is one of the most crucial factors of recovery. It is her job to constantly encourage the patient, motivate him, and assist in physical therapy and exercise.
2) Take falls and accidents seriously.
Accidents and falls for healthy people aren’t the same with stroke patients. They have difficulty in getting up from a fall or protecting themselves. Because of this, the Indo caregiver and Filipino caregiver should always accompany stroke patients.
There is a way to avoid falls and injury and it is by modifying the patient’s living space. Make sure that the live-in caregiver gets rid of the clutter inside the house and takes time to organize everything. Employers can also install grab rails in the shower, make use of slip-resistant mats, and other tools.
3) Communicating with stroke patients.
Even though stroke patients have difficulty in speaking, communication between the live-in caregiver and the patient is still important. The Indo caregiver or Filipino caregiver must keep in mind that the patient may have difficulty in understanding and talking, as one of the side effects of stroke is aphasia.
The live-caregiver must only use short and simple sentences. If necessary, she can repeat her sentence but pause between statements to give time for the patient to understand. The caregiver can also use visual aids and hand movements to communicate. When the patient is preoccupied with another task, avoid talking to him at the same time.
4) Don’t stop monitoring stroke patients.
In average, stroke survivors must have a measurable functional gain every week. However, it still depends on how acute the stroke is. Once improvements and declines are recorded, there may be changes in his medication, amount of rehabilitation therapies, etc.
The Indo caregiver and Filipino caregiver must also remember that there are changes in the patient’s attitude and behaviour. If anything is affecting the patient negatively, the caregiver can notify her employer or the physician..
Above everything, the employer, live-in caregiver, and the doctor must work together for the fast recovery of the patient. We hope this article helps!
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