Caring for a stroke patient involves hard work. As a caregiver, you must not neglect your own wellbeing. If your wellbeing is not a priority, taking care of a stroke survivor will be an even more trying task.
There are many difficult tasks involved in caregiving, such as:
Be kind to yourself
Learn to pace yourself
If you are looking after a severely disabled person at home, you will need to arrange a regular system of relief for yourself. You should have at least one whole day free every week. This could be arranged with other family members or relatives, friends or neighbours who are willing and able to provide relief.
You can also attend formal or informal support group meetings.
These support group meetings provide opportunities for you to share your feelings and experiences with others who face similar problems. Moral and emotional support can also be generated in the process, with a sense of belonging and the feeling of "I am not alone."
Through peer influence and group sharing, you may then find answers or new ideas to some of the problems you face.
Your social life - take time for activities that you enjoy
It is important that you do not become so engrossed in your role of caring for the stroke survivor, that you neglect your family and friends.
You should continue to invite friends to your home. Keep your social life and maintain links with others. You should continue your interests and hobbies as far as possible.
Stroke Support Station Ltd
SG Enable Village
20 Lengkok Bahru