WHAT PROBLEMS DO PEOPLE OFTEN EXPERIENCE AFTER A STROKE,#2

Ad Adams

People may experience the following problems after a stroke:

  • Weakness or paralysis of one side of the body.
  • Stiffness of arm, hand and/or leg.
  • Struggling with balance, falling over easily when sitting and standing.
  • Struggling to speak or understand language.
  • Struggling to control their bladder and bowel (toilet needs) (but this usually gets better over time).
  • Loss of feeling on the weak side of their bodies.
  • Seeming to forget about/ignore the weak side of their bodies.
  • Problems with vision (seeing).
  • Seeming confused and struggling to remember.
  • Mood and personality changes.
  • Forgetting how to do everyday tasks.

 

HOW DO I TREAT SOMEONE WHO HAS HAS A STROKE?

  • Let the person spend as little time as possible in Spending too much time in bed will cause more weakness. Rather let him/her take short rest breaks.
  • Let the person get up at his/her usual time and get washed and dressed.
  • Let the person have meals with the rest of the family as usual.
  • Try to help the person to follow a structured daily programme.
  • Encourage the person to do things for him/herself. Be patient and give him/her more time to complete and practise Doing as much as possible for him/ herself and practising daily activities is good exercise.
  • Remember that the person is an adult; never treat stroke survivors as if they are children.

 

Reference: Center for Rehabilitation Studies Stellenbosch University

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