Stroke & caregiving

Farzana Shaheen had a paralytic stroke 2 years ago. It paralyzed her right side. She is a diabetic and hypertensive. Stroke is also known as cardiovascular accident.  It affects motor, function, language, reading, listening and thinking abilities too.

In Farzana’s case, she lost her ability to speak following the stroke. Farzhana’s daughter, Roshna who took care of her in the post stroke recovery period had many responsibilities at home. The family hired a professional caregiver from Life Circle  to help Farzana with activities of daily living, exercising and administering medicines.

Caregiving

Difficulty in understanding or producing speech is commonly seen in people who’ve suffered a stroke.This condition is known as Aphasia and speech therapy is the most common treatment for it. When family caregivers have multiple tasks on hand, conversations at any time that suits the recovering senior may not be possible. In this case Sukanti Gochayat, the caregiver kept Farzana engaged in conversations whenever she felt upto it. This helped Sukanti understand Farzana better, strengthened her relationship and has given Farzana the confidence in herself because she is able to express herself better.

“Everything now runs smoothly”, says Roshna, who now handles her home while her mother has company and supervision.  Their caregiver Sukanti is extremely fond of her, “Aunty bahut acchhe hai, yeh family bahut accha hai, mujhe yahaan bahut accha lagta hai” (Aunty is very nice, the family is very good, I like it here) she says.

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