Family adjustment after a stroke

If you have a family member who has had a stroke, you may be concerned about how the stroke is going to affect your family's lifestyle. You may be concerned about finances and changes in family roles and responsibilities.

Help your loved one and other family members adjust by:

  • Realizing that after a stroke, your loved one may be prone to strong emotional reactions. Remember that these are a result of the stroke, and try not to become too upset by them.
  • Not avoiding your loved one who's had a stroke. Contact with and support from family members is very important to your loved one's recovery.
  • Joining a local support group. These groups provide a place where issues can be discussed in a supportive environment and an opportunity to meet others dealing with the same issues. Ask your health professional about support groups in your area.
  • Taking care of yourself too. You must stay healthy enough so you can care for your loved one who has had a stroke.

Last Updated: January 8, 2009

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