Stroke Awareness | How to Support Your Loved One With Their Recovery

29 April, 2022  ·  Less than a minute read
Is your loved one currently undergoing stroke rehabilitation?


In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, we’re looking at the different ways you can support your loved one through their rehabilitation journey:
GP and patient holding hands
Stroke Awareness

Stroke Awareness: Help With Day-to-Day Activities

Whether you’re caring for your loved one on a full-time basis, or you’re helping to support their recovery wherever you can, you can lend a hand by assisting them with day-to-day activities.


There are many tasks that we subconsciously accomplish on a daily and weekly basis, such as buying groceries, cooking a meal or cleaning the house.


For a stroke survivor, such tasks may no longer be easy to achieve. If you can, take some time to help your loved one maintain their home and personal health, remembering to involve them in decisions whenever possible.
Stroke Awareness
Helping with day-to-day activities

Accompanying Your Loved One to Appointments

Supporting your loved one with their rehabilitation appointments can help them to work towards a successful recovery.

Whether you simply help your loved one by taking them to their appointments, or you become more involved in decisions made about their care, ensuring that they have regular contact with a professional is integral to their recovery.

What’s more, your loved one will likely appreciate the moral support - something that might help to keep them motivated throughout their rehabilitation programme.
Stroke Awareness: Rehabilitation Appointment
Rehabilitation Appointment

Stroke Awareness: Offer Emotional Support

If your loved one is living with the effects of a stroke, try to offer them emotional support whenever you can; enabling them to feel that they’re not alone can work wonders for their self-esteem and confidence.


If there are certain aspects of daily life that they struggle with, such as writing a letter or preparing a meal, try to help them in a constructive and inclusive way; this could help them to rebuild essential skills throughout their recovery.


You may find that, sometimes, all your loved one needs is a friendly conversation with a cup of tea. Try to make time for moments like this, where you can both relax and simply enjoy each other’s company.
Stroke Awareness: Offering Emotional Support
Emotional Support

Take Care of Yourself


When a loved one falls ill, it can be easy to focus all your attention on their care and recovery.


However, to continue supporting them in the best way possible, it’s important for you to set aside some time to take care of yourself.


If you’re caring for them on a full-time basis, consider respite care options - perhaps for a few days per month - where you can dedicate some time to self-care. Whether that’s indulging in a spa day or heading outside for a countryside walk, taking the time to nourish your mind and body is essential to ensure that you’re giving yourself the love and support that you need.

Man taking some time out for himself in nature
Take Time for Yourself
At CHD Rehabilitation, we’re passionate about supporting our service users throughout every step of their recovery journey.


If you’d like to find out more about the care we deliver, please browse our website or contact a member of our team.

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