Following Up with Medical Appointments after a Stroke

By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on

Follow-up appointments for stroke survivors are crucial for the recovery and prevention of another stroke. If your aging parent has recently suffered a stroke and you are responsible for their after-care, you can expect them to have a handful of appointments from a variety of providers including doctors, neurologists and speech and physical therapists. While attending all of these appointments may seem exhausting and overwhelming, it is of the utmost importance that your loved one attends all of his or her follow up appointments.

Encouraging Your Loved One to Go

One of the biggest obstacles that family caregivers may face is actually enticing the senior to go to their follow-up appointments. Mom or dad may feel better and therefore, do not see the need to go. They may also feel as though they are being a burden on their loved ones, thinking that skipping the appointment would be more practical. In some cases, your loved one may fear that the doctor will identify additional health problems and be reluctant or hesitant to attend.

The key to encouraging your loved one to attend their medical appointments often lies in expressing concern, addressing their fears and reassuring them that you are more than happy to help. In some cases, it can be beneficial to find a trusted part-time Centennial caregiver to accompany them during their appointment. Bringing in a professional can help to alleviate your loved one’s fears, while still giving you peace of mind that a reliable individual is by their side to hear what the doctor has to say.

Keeping Up with Appointments

Devising an appointment plan can make it easier to keep track of and manage appointments, especially when there are multiple appointments to go to within a short period of time. Some families find that keeping a large, easy-to-read calendar in a commonly used area of the home such as the kitchen or family room can be of great assistance. You should record the date, time and the health care provider that your loved one will be seeing, and the original appointment card should also be kept which can help to avoid errors. It may also help to list who is responsible for taking your loved one to his or her appointment.

Following Through with the Appointment Plan

Life happens. Car problems, having to work and last-minute changes to the schedule are a part of day-to-day life. Having an appointment plan in place can help eliminate the need to cancel or reschedule an important follow-up appointment, especially if the appointment is with a stroke specialist or neurologist whose schedules aren’t always flexible. Arranging for transportation in advance and designating a “back-up” family or friend to escort mom or dad to an appointment can serve as a solution to potential barriers before they arise.

If your aging loved one is having trouble with daily activities such as cooking, bathing or dressing after a stroke and you feel overwhelmed by their care needs, help is available. Home Care Assistance offers professional South Metro Denver stroke home care, a great resource for seniors and their families. Our expertly trained and compassionate caregivers can assist your loved one with activities of daily living, while promoting independence and can also provide you with the respite you need to attend to your own needs.

Request a free consultation and learn more about in-home stroke care from Home Care Assistance of Centennial by calling a friendly Care Manager at 303-957-3100 – we look forward to hearing from you!

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