EAT Bar Tips for Families Who Have a Loved One in Stroke Rehab
The month of May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. After a loved one has a stroke, many family members will want to participate in stroke rehabilitation.
Here are some suggestions that can help with the delicate balance of the stoke survivors needs as well as the caregivers own health and happiness as they begin the therapy process.
- First, if possible, choose a rehab center near your home. If you want to visit and be involved in your loved one’s treatment, don’t be inhibited by a stressful drive.
- Get to know the first names of the care team staff and greet them by name.
- When you are first introduced to rehab staff, ask if you are welcome to observe and participate in your loved one’s therapy. If the therapist appears hesitant, kindly remind the therapist that the patient will be coming home upon discharge and you want to learn what to do.
- Ask Speech, PT, and OT’s providing therapy to your loved one to give you copies of their measurable treatment goals (They have to write them for insurance reimbursement). An example of a measurable goal is: “Patient will ambulate 50 feet using a wheeled walker with gait-belt assistance” A vague goal would be “Improve ambulation.”
Do specific things to keep yourself healthy
- Get adequate rest. Sitting in a hospital is exhausting and rest helps you maintain your strength.
- Make sure you eat regularly and reduce your caffeine intake.
- Let family and friends help when they offer: take care of your pet, mow your lawn, grocery shop for you, water your plants.
- Identify, a person who knows you well, to help you make tough decisions.
- If the late night news adds stress, skip it.
- Ask one of the rehab staff to direct you to someone who can teach you relaxation techniques.
After a stroke, a speech language pathologist may recommend you or your loved ones consume foods that are considered transitional foods (www.iddsi.org). Consider trying one of EAT Bar's delicious flavors.They were designed for ease, portability and function. They make the perfect snack to have in-between therapy appointments. And, the best part is that they can be enjoyed by not only the patient but also the caregiver! Just one small way EAT Bar is bringing joy back to eating.