Was your holiday marred in a big way when your spouse had a stroke? Maybe you were both fortunate enough to get your spouse to the emergency room in the three-hour period where the affects of the stroke will hardly be noticed. On the other hand, maybe your spouse had the stroke in the middle of the night, and neither of you even knew at what time the stroke happened. Upon awakening and knowing for sure that your spouse had had a stroke, you probably called 911 immediately.
Now that your spouse is home and beginning the road to at least partial recovery, you might have questions about the therapy he or she will receive. If that's true, read on for some information that might help you to help your spouse.
Will your spouse have his or her speech therapy at home? For example, maybe your spouse is a veteran and he or she will be getting benefits from the Veterans Administration. If so, thank your lucky stars for that, as it will make your life a lot easier. On the other hand, maybe you will be driving him or her to a facility where the speech therapy will be given. That might seem hard at first, but soon you'll get used to it and it will seem more commonplace for you.
At first, your spouse's speech therapy will more than likely be given at least three times a week. You might be surprised at the things the therapist does. For example, maybe you thought that the therapist would be asking your spouse to repeat words and sounds. Instead, you'll probably find that the therapist will be playing games that will encourage the brain to work with your spouse's fingers.
Games that your grandchildren play on their hand-held electronic games will be very similar to the games your spouse will play by himself or herself, and with the therapist. The competition itself will be part of what stimulates your spouse's brain.
The occupational therapy and the physical therapy won't just help your spouse's body. It will complement the speech therapy your spouse does with a therapist.
Encourage your spouse to do his or her homework play and exercise even when the therapist isn't present. It's consistency that will more than likely make the difference in how your spouse will progress. You know your spouse better than anybody. With that in mind, consider how you can best encourage your spouse to fight the fight that will help him or her to recover.