Coping with Post-Stroke Fatigue

When an older adult has a stroke, the initial care they receive in the hospital is only the beginning. Simply being released from the hospital doesn’t mean the ordeal is over, even if damage has been minimal. A stroke injures the brain and can result in fatigue that lasts for some time afterward. Understanding how fatigue affects a stroke patient and what caregivers can do to help them cope will make their recovery easier.

Caregiver in Boca Raton FL: Coping with Post-Stroke Fatigue

Caregiver in Boca Raton FL: Coping with Post-Stroke Fatigue

About Post-Stroke Fatigue.

Between 40 and 70 percent of people who have suffered a stroke experience post-stroke fatigue. Fatigue is more than just feeling tired, although the senior will certainly feel just that. Fatigue causes a lack of energy and can cause your aging relative to feel ill in general. It can make it hard for them to work on rehabilitation activities or do daily activities. Resting won’t necessarily make fatigue go away, either.

Fatigue can come and go so that the older adult has some good days and some bad. Caregivers may not be able to see that the senior is experiencing fatigue because they might not show any signs. Other times, caregivers might see signs like:

  • Clumsiness.
  • Worsening of speech abilities.
  • Trouble understanding conversations or what is going on around them.
  • Being easily irritated.
  • Emotional outbursts, like crying or laughing, with no apparent trigger.

 

Fatigue Management Tips.

While fatigue can be difficult to deal with, there are some ways caregivers can help manage it, such as:

  • Plan activities around times of the day when the senior has more energy.
  • Encourage the older adult to spend time in a quiet setting when they feel fatigued. The American Stroke Association says this may be even more effective than a nap.
  • Make sure the senior eats nutritionally balanced meals.
  • Allow for plenty of time so that they do not have to rush, which can be exhausting.
  • Encourage regular exercise but start small and build up to more over time.
  • Schedule breaks and naps during the day.
  • Prevent the senior from overdoing it. Offer help with tasks so they can rest.

 

Professional in-home caregivers can also help a senior suffering from post-stroke fatigue. They can take care of things like housecleaning, cooking, laundry, and basic pet care while the senior rests. A professional caregiver can also remind the person to take medications prescribed the doctor, which will help with their stroke recovery. They can also encourage the senior to participate in rehabilitation activities as much as possible throughout the day.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Boca Raton, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Sources

http://strokeconnection.strokeassociation.org/Spring-2017/Helping-Others-Understand-Post-Stroke-Fatigue-Info-Sheet/

http://www.stroke.org/we-can-help/survivors/stroke-recovery/post-stroke-conditions/physical/fatigue

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/LifeAfterStroke/RegainingIndependence/PhysicalChallenges/Fatigue-After-Stroke_UCM_467435_Article.jsp#.Wuxu1IgvzIU

 

President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.