Stroke statistics published by NINDS (National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke) state that about 795,000 people suffer from a stroke each year and nearly 530,000 of them live through the ordeal and need post stroke rehabilitation. If brain damage does occur due to the stroke, the rehab will not reverse it, nor will it “cure” the effects of the stroke itself, but in time can potentially reach the best long-term outcome.
Post-stroke rehabilitation is not easy and the caregiver will have to wear many hats in order to help their client achieve the best outcome. They will also have to be very patient and kind and always keep in mind that With Age Comes Respect for the clients may suffer from more than physical damage, their emotional psyche may be damaged, too, allowing them to feel a barrage of emotions!
In the end though, rehabilitation should help your client to relearn skills lost due to the damage done to their brain. They may have to learn to walk again, talk, feed themselves and go to the bathroom alone. All of this can be very disheartening and set a person back many, many years. If it is hard on the body, it is worse on one’s soul!
It will also be hard in many ways on the caregiver, but just remember to continue with respect and dignity and you will be doing your job to the very best of your ability!