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Communicating with a Senior’s Medical Team after a Stroke

By Rick Cohen, 8:00 am on

When an aging loved one has had a stroke, families are often thrust into a sense of panic and uncertainty. After the initial shock subsides and all of the ensuing medical care has been taken care of, it’s time for you to help your loved one recover. Learning who to talk to and effective ways to communicate with those persons is extremely important in making sure that your loved one receives the best possible stroke care in Milwaukee.

Stroke victims often need medical care and therapy during the weeks, months and possibly years after a stroke has happened. You will get to know your loved one’s primary care physician very well, but you should also be consulting with a neurologist and various therapists. Depending on the severity of the stroke and which parts of the brain have been affected, you might also be dealing with occupational, physical and/or speech therapists.

In order to facilitate communication between you (as the caregiver) and your loved one’s medical team, there are a few things you can do. Follow these tips from Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee and ensure clear communication and understanding on both sides.

  1. Write down questions as soon as they occur to you.
  2. If you don’t understand something, ask for a further explanation.
  3. Do your own research, but trust the medical professionals who are in charge.
  4. Always keep the doctor updated with symptoms, medications and any major life changes such as a move, job change or other upheaval.
  5. Make sure you know what tests are being performed and have the doctor explain results.

Although this new transition into caregiver can be stressful, remember that your loved one’s doctors and therapists are here to help. Remain courteous and respectful, and if you find that you do not get along with someone on the medical team, don’t be afraid to seek another provider. Making sure that the doors of communication are open and that you feel comfortable with the professionals caring for your loved one can promote feelings of trust, peace of mind and security for both you and your loved one.

And if you need additional help caring for your loved one during this new stage of life, know that you are not alone. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of non-medical home care and is here to help. We offer flexible hourly and live-in care in Milwaukee, helping seniors to receive the specialized care they need, while allowing their loved ones to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

To learn more about our specialized in-home stroke care services or to request a complimentary consultation, reach out to a Care Manager today at 414-964-8000.

Communicating with a Senior's Medical Team after a Stroke