Whether a stroke is mild or severe, your dad will need care that most family members are not trained to offer. As he regains his skills, his speech may be difficult to understand. He might not be able to speak at all.
His mobility is likely impacted. If he can walk, he may require a walker. He might need a wheelchair, which means you’ll be helping with transfers in and out of bed, on and off the toilet, and in and out of the shower. Are you prepared for all of that?
Caring for a parent after a stroke is stressful. It’s hard emotionally and physically. Have you thought about the many benefits of 24-hour home care services after a stroke?
The Things Your Dad Will Need
Depending on the stroke, your dad may need weeks or months of physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. If his mobility is impacted, he will need someone to help him with toileting all day and during the night. He’ll need help with showering/bathing, grooming, and personal care.
Once he’s showered, your dad needs help getting dressed. He may require you to choose the proper clothing for the day. You’ll understand the weather reports, but he may not be able to read the weather reports if his vision is impacted.
Your dad will be unable to cook meals for himself. He may need someone to feed him. You’ll be doing the dishes after preparing meals and snacks. You’ll also be cleaning the kitchen sinks and counters when the meal is over.
Light housekeeping, like vacuuming and dusting, are things he won’t be able to do while he recovers. Your dad will need someone to do the laundry, run errands, and shop for household supplies and groceries
You may be needed to manage his finances, pay bills, and stay on top of any necessary home repairs and maintenance tasks. You’re also going to become your dad’s driver as he will need medical clearance before he can drive again.
You Can’t Ignore Self-Care
It’s so important to help your family by arranging 24-hour home care. As much as you might want to be the only one providing his care, you need sleep and time for self-care. You have to have time off to recharge, de-stress, and visit with friends and family.
If you still work, you can’t let your dad’s care impact your financial needs. You can’t quit a job and risk not having health insurance. You definitely shouldn’t leave your job if you’re still building your retirement income.
With the help of 24-hour home care aides, you can sleep through the night without worrying about him being alone. His care doesn’t have to impact your need for self-care or socialization. Call a home care agency to get started.