As a caregiver, if your client has had a stroke, it is important for you to help them find the correct doctor. There are typical medical professionals and then there are physicians that specifically study strokes. This is the type of doctor that you will want to help locate for your client; a doctor that is trained to manage and coordinate their long-term care.
It is important to also find a physician that can also help your client with the proper rehabilitation. Your client’s general health needs to be monitored and preventatives put into place in order to help them avoid a recurring stroke.
The physician needs to help your client control other medical issues that they may have. Things like their high blood pressure or diabetes.
It is also important to get your client to stop smoking cigarettes, to eat correctly thus maintaining a healthy weight by eating healthy foods and not drinking mass amounts of alcohol. Both you and the medical professionals can work on this feat together.
During the time that your client is hospitalized right after a stroke, they will most likely be seeing a neurologist and an acute-care stroke team. They will receive direct patient care during the time that they are hospitalized.
The neurologists will sometimes participate with the long-term rehabilitation of your client as well. In addition, subspecialists such as physiatrists may also help with your clients care. It is good to get associated with all of the various types of doctors and the roles that they will play in helping your client recover as completely as possible from their stroke.
By doing so, you are really proving that With Age Comes Respect.