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3 Tips to Help Mom Be Happy Again Following Her Stroke

Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates in Katy TX

Reduce Hospital Readmission RatesA stroke can be devastating. A moderate to severe stroke can cause an individual to lose complete mobility or the use of one side of their body. A stroke will impact one side of the brain or the other. If it affects the right side of the brain, the left side of the body can be impacted, and vice versa.

If your mother had a stroke, depending on the severity of it, she could be looking at a long road to recovery that still won’t allow her to regain full mobility or use of her arm or leg on one side of her body. That can certainly make it difficult for some people to feel happy.

Your mother may even have difficulty communicating once again. She may not be able to talk, could have trouble following certain conversations, and that can lead to even more frustration and anxiety.

August is Happiness Happens Month and most of us want to see our family members, our loved ones, happy. Sometimes, though, that can feel like a tall order, something that’s never going to happen.

Here are three tips that might just help your mother at least feel happier, more inspired, or at least more in control of some aspects of her life once again.

Tip #1: Find out what she would love to do.

Following that stroke, your mother might have very well given up on so many things she used to enjoy. Sit down and talk to her. Find out if there are things she would still love to do, if possible.
She needs to be realistic, as do you, because some things are not going to be practical, but ask yourself, if she had enough physical support, would she be able to do those things, at least to some degree, again? If so, look at home care as an option for her.

Tip #2: Have family and friends call more often.

When people spend a majority of their time alone, the risk of feelings such as isolation and loneliness increase. So can the risk of depression.

Encourage other family members and friends to call more frequently. Just a simple phone call, hearing their voice and hearing about their day can do wonders to perk her up.

With Skype, Google Talk, and even Facetime, there are more technological innovations that allow people to videoconference and even type their responses when people are talking to them.

Tip #3: Help her focus on the future rather than what’s been lost.

It’s far too easy to get caught up feeling sorry for yourself after a major medical emergency that changes your physical capabilities. Instead, help your mother see what she may be able to do in the future as opposed to the things she’s going to miss out on.

These tips might be able to help shine more light in her life and her heart, helping her feel happier at times.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Katy, TX or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Houston at (832) 803-0011.

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Mark Haselden

Hayley Sheeks and her father, Mark Haselden live passionately, for providing quality homecare services to individuals in their homes. They both decided to open Synergy HomeCare of Katy after both Mark sold his most recent business and Hayley graduated with her nursing degree, both knowing the growing need for individuals to age in place as the baby boomer population reaches retirement age. Synergy HomeCare’s mission statement speaks to those core values that both inspire and encompass Hayley and Mark’s vision as Non-Medical HomeCare providers.
"Our mission is to continue to be the premier provider of home care services within the industry by continuallystriving to offer our clients the highest quality of life and independence attainable.Our success starts bytreating each of our clients and caregivers with the dignity and respect they deserve."