Choosing healthy foods may contribute to recovery after stroke. Healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce risk of another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities. In this post, we explain why a healthy diet matters and then provide tips for eating well and making mealtimes easier.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is a time to honor the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. There are over 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Depending on the situation, they may provide medical and nursing tasks, as well as daily living care like helping with bathing, transportation, shopping, etc. Because the holidays—with the gifts, parties, baking, family (or perhaps the absence of these things)—can be extra stressful to both caregivers and care recipients, we’ve provided list of things that family caregivers can do to minimize the strain.
Rehabilitation program options can be confusing. There are many different kinds of professionals who provide rehab, and many types of facilities which offer it. When helping the caregivers of your patients determine their best options, it should be with the goal of helping everybody involved get the most out of rehabilitation. And that is defined differently for each patient.
Approximately 43.5 million caregivers provide unpaid care to an adult or child in the United States, and according to Family Caregiver Alliance statistics, they spend an average of 22 hours a week doing it.
Communication disorders can be extremely socially isolating, as our culture revolves around language. When language is affected, whether from birth or later in life, social contact and relationships can be affected. But just because someone has a communication disorder does not mean that they are any less deserving of, or capable of making social connections.
Emotions and mental well-being frequently are overlooked in people with communication & cognitive disorders due to brain injury, stroke, or learning disorders. Although language and cognition certainly aren’t tangible, they are more easily recognized as areas of weakness, and are much more easily quantified, such as: “Bob speaks in sentences that have an average length of 2 words.” “Janie is able to retain a new fact for 2 minutes after first hearing it.”
Some days feel overwhelming – when you wonder if you can keep going; whether what you’re doing is really making a difference. You’re not alone – we’ve all been there.
Communication disorders can often be isolating, and being on your own waiting for improvement to happen can be intensely discouraging. Sometimes the best therapy is what other people with communication disorders can offer – their advice, their empathy, and their unique position being able to understand exactly what you’re going through.
Having a communication disorder is hard, but so is watching a loved one struggle to communicate. Caregivers come in many shapes and forms – mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, brothers and sisters, and aides. Your patience and perseverance never ceases to amaze us. This post is dedicated to you.