Motivating a Senior Loved One Post-Stroke

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How to Motivate Stroke Patients

It’s easy to understand why motivation may be lacking after a stroke. Each day can present a mountain of challenges. However, it’s critical for senior stroke survivors to be as active as safely possible after a stroke as this is when the body is especially amenable to repair. Following are ways to motivate your senior loved one to press on to recovery, presented by Philadelphia stroke care provider, Home Care Assistance.

Set Goals

Many stroke specialists stress the importance of establishing goals after a senior has a stroke so that progress can be identified and tracked over time. Here are the steps to actualize your loved one’s goals:

  1. Ask your loved one to outline their goals and ask:
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What excites you?
  • What would you like to be doing in one month?
  1. Prioritize the goals. Determine what to aim for first.
  2. Break the first goal down into simple steps.
  3. Devise a strategy for accomplishing each step.

Promote Accountability

Follow up on your loved one’s effort toward a daily goal. This will help promote accountability. When your loved one knows you have a pointed interest in seeing them reach their goal, it will spur them to action. If you are unable to care for or check in on your senior loved one regularly, learn about hourly or live-in senior care in Philadelphia and find out how a professional caregiver can provide support, accountability, and help with daily activities and doctor-recommended exercises to reduce risk of a secondary stroke.

Provide Positive Reinforcement

Provide rewards for your loved one’s effort. Examples are:

  • Taking your loved one to visit a friend
  • Offering a gift
  • Going out to dinner

Highlight Progress

When you see your loved one making strides, remind them of how far they’ve come. Highlighting their progress can deepen confidence and courage. It can fuel the drive to press on.

Find Comfort

One of the best ways to provide your aging parent or loved one with feelings of comfort after a stroke is by having them join a support group. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have compiled a national stroke support group registry. You can go to their website, type in your zip code, and locate support groups in your area. Psychological counseling can also be a great resources, which assists your loved one in coping with post-stroke anxiety, anger, frustration, and depression.

Philadelphia Home Care Assistance is also here to motivate your loved one. We’ll enthusiastically support their efforts and celebrate their achievements. For more information about stroke care, call (215) 645-4663 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.


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