The road to recovery is different for each stroke survivor, and doctors may recommend a specific therapy or a combination of therapies to promote the recovery process. Skilled therapists are powerful sources of encouragement and can help seniors relearn functions lost after a stroke. Following is a brief overview of each type of stroke therapy and how it can speed recovery.
Physical therapy assists in regaining flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, and movement. Your loved one will learn compensatory strategies to facilitate function and will likely be provided with exercises to try at home under the supervision of a family member or hourly home caregiver in Grand Rapids.
Occupational therapy helps stroke survivors re-learn daily living skills. Your loved one will be guided in managing their personal care, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and can also provide assistance and tips for how to restore bladder control. Occupational therapists also teach seniors how to adapt to activities like preparing meals and driving, and make recommendations for home modifications to promote safety and ease in performing tasks. In occupational therapy, one learns how to:
- Divide an activity into its component parts
- Practice each segment
- Perform the entire sequence of actions
If your aging parent or loved one needs help with daily activities immediately following the stroke or to promote safe recovery and living, it may be in his or her best interest to work with a Grand Rapids live-in caregiver who can provide assistance to promote safety, comfort, independence, and quality of life.
A speech therapist aids in re-learning language or developing alternate means of communicating. Therapists also devise means to overcome swallowing difficulty if vocal muscles were affected by the stroke and also teach problem-solving and social skills.
Vocational therapy helps a stroke survivor find employment. Seniors wanting to work receive assistance in entering the workforce. Therapists identify vocational abilities and design resumes. They provide referrals to vocational rehab agencies, locate potential employers, and assist in job searches, while also serving as mediators between an employer and applicant to obtain workplace accommodations.
Ensure that your senior has access to all forms of needed therapy and promote quality of life after a stroke. For more information about supporting a loved one after a stroke or to learn about professional Grand Rapids stroke care, call 616-243-0835 and speak with a friendly Care Manager from Home Care Assistance.