7 tips for caring for someone after stroke

As a result of brain damage or the emotional impact of stroke, it’s not uncommon for someone to seem as though they’ve had a change in personality or to appear irrational at times.

Anger, aggression, resentment, apathy (lack of motivation), and inappropriate behaviour are all common behavioural changes following stroke. And unfortunately as someone’s carer, it’s not unusual for these mood changes and behaviour to be directed towards you.

While this can be upsetting, as much as possible, it’s important to try and not take it personally. Advice from the Stroke Association says that while symptoms like apathy require a great deal of patience, things like planning the day in advance and sticking to regular routines can also help.

However, if behaviour gets out of hand or you’re struggling to cope, it’s important to not to suffer in silence and seek help from a GP. They’ll be able to assess possible causes and advise treatments for the person – such as talking therapy or counselling.

It’s also worth remembering that while some changes will be long-term, as the stroke rehabilitation and recovery process continues, many people often begin to return to their old self.

For more information on changes to behaviour following stroke and how to navigate them, you can visit the Stroke Association website.

Author: wpadmin

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