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Stroke Treatment - patients and relatives role

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As stroke patients in rehabilitation should know that you are the most important person in the execution of your treatment. You have the final word when making decisions that affect you. This can be difficult for many stroke patients. Sometimes you feel tempted to sit back and leave it to the treatment team to take the lead. I need extra time to think, or you have difficulty with speaking, it often happens that the other takes the lead and makes decisions without waiting for you. Try not to let that happen.

Make sure others understand that you will be involved in making decisions about your treatment. Bring your questions and concerns to management team. State your wishes and opinions on issues that affect you. Let us know if someone is "talking down" to you, or if people talk about you as if you were not there. Remember that you have the right to see your medical records.

To be a participant in your treatment, you must be ably informed about your treatment and how well it goes with you. It may be useful to you in advance to jot down important information on treatment and progress, and write down any questions you may have.

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If you have difficulty speaking, it can be hard to make your wishes known. Maybe the speech therapist to help you make informed your thoughts to the team. The same can apply to family members who know you well.

Most people find that rehabilitation is hard work. They must work to maintain skills while they have to work to regain lost skills. It is normal at times to feel tired and depressed because things that were easy to perform, has now become difficult. Then it is important to remind yourself of what progress you make, after all, and be proud of your progress.

As relatives of a stroke patient, a number of things you can do:

  • Help the patient to contribute their views on the rehabilitation
  • Visit and talk to the patient. Relax with the patient to play cards, watch TV, listen to music, play games, etc.
  • Does the patient have problems with talking, talk to a speech therapist or nurse about how you can help?
  • Participate in the training held for stroke patients and their families. Learn how you can help.
  • Ask to be involved in some of the rehabilitation sessions. When you learn how recovery takes place, and how you can help.
  • Encourage and help the patient to practice skills learned in rehabilitation.
  • Contribute your knowledge of the patient so that the rehabilitation team proposes activities to suit the patient's wishes and interests.
  • What to do to help the patient and the patient, which can only be what the patient. You can avoid making the patient and the patient objects. That way, you will help to strengthen the patient's self-image when he or she succeeds in.
  • Do not forget to take care of yourself. Eat well, get enough rest and take time to do things that you like.

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