Anya is nearing discharge from hospital. She has been treated for right arm weakness and right leg weakness (hemiparesis) and for a right facial droop. Anya's speech is improving and she understands when you talk to her, but she still has difficulty speaking in full sentences and often searches for the right word (aphasia).
Anya's balance is improving, but she is slow and cautious when walking. She has been told to walk with help from another person or to use a quad cane. Anya is starting to use her arm for functional activities and is washing and dressing herself. She often finds it difficult to get to the bathroom on time.Anya has been instructed to purchase various assistive devices for use at home. She will be returning to the home she shares with her spouse.
Anya retired from work two years ago, and before the stroke she enjoyed gardening, golf and driving the family car on daily outings. The couple has 2 children, a daughter and a son. The daughter lives close by and visits regularly, while the son lives out of town.
Anya is feeling depressed, especially about going home when she is not back to her old self. Anya's therapist is encouraging her to socialize with friends and family. She would like Anya to start some of her old leisure activities or to think of new ones to try.
As a family member you are feeling concerned about how to do all the things that are needed and you have lots of questions. You are also feeling exhausted from the weeks of hospital visits and trying to balance the other parts of your life. This is a time when many family members wonder how things will work once their family member returns home and how everyone will cope with all of these changes.