Home care after a stroke

Stroke and home care associated with it

Home care after a stroke is inevitable. Read on to know why.

A paralytic stroke is caused by a cardiovascular accident. And it affects motor, function, language, reading, listening and thinking abilities too. Two years back, Farzana Shaheen, who is diabetic and hypertensive, had a paralytic stroke. Because of the stroke, she was left paralysed on the right side. She also lost her ability to speak.

Farzana’s daughter Roshna who took care of her in the post-stroke recovery period had many responsibilities at home. Also looking after Farzana turned out to be a full-time job. This is because she needed help with activities of daily living. She also required exercise and had to be fed her daily dose of medicines. So the family decided to hire a professional caregiver from Life Circle, a home nursing care provider.

Senior home care after a stroke  : Importance of conversation

Difficulty in understanding or producing speech is commonly seen in people who have suffered a stroke. This condition is known as Aphasia and speech therapy is the most common treatment for it. When family caregivers have multiple tasks on hand, conversations at any time to aid the recovery of the senior may not be possible. In Farzana’s case, Sukanti Gochayat, the caregiver, kept the patient engaged in conversations whenever she felt up to it. And this helped Sukanti understand Farzana better and strengthened their relationship. The bonding has also given Farzana confidence in herself because she is able to express herself better now.

“Everything runs smoothly now”, says Roshna, who handles her home while her mother has company and is under supervision.  And Sukanti is extremely fond of her, “Aunty bahut acchhe hai, yeh family bahut accha hai, mujhe yahaan bahut accha lagta hai,” (Aunty is very nice. The family is also very good. So, I like it here) she says.

Senior home care after a stroke: The importance of bonding

“After the stroke, mummy was not able to talk. Now her speech has improved. She also chats a lot with Sukanti. And they bond very well”, says Roshna. She happily adds, “They talk about recipes, Sukanti’s home and her village back in Orissa.”

The “connection” formed between the caregiver and patient influences recovery. Also, seniors love to talk about their lives. So, listening to them and engaging them in conversation keeps their mind active and healthy. You can never underestimate the power of conversations, generally and for stroke survivors in particular. It motivates, it heals, and it provides moral support. Companionship is an important aspect of caregiving. It decreases isolation and improves the quality of life.

About the author

Madhumita is a familial caregiver to her mother-in-law who lives with dementia and a full-time mom of a bubbly 3-year-old. She meets and interacts with Life Circle’s clients to understand various aspects of Geriatric care and care needs with the aim of serving our clients in a better way.


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