Support for Carers

After my husband, Stuart, experienced a series of “mini-strokes” in 2016 our lives completely changed.

His temporary, partial paralysis passed swiftly.  However, he was left feeling overwhelmed by minor tasks, with forgetfulness, loss of motivation, and difficulty finding his words.  These changes shook his confidence in his abilities.  This resulted in him leaving his management role and spending time at home.

Suddenly we were together 24/7.  I was already running my business, and now, also gently, subtly providing stimulus and motivation to encourage Stuart to be positive and proactive in his thinking .  I drew heavily on my life-coaching training and it has been invaluable to me through this period of change, but I was shocked as I gradually realised just how long recovery was possibly going to take.

Stuart’s condition continues to fluctuate from day to day.  Some days good, some days could be better.

I have found no significant assistance for people whose lives are not visibly impacted significantly by the “relatively minor” psychological effects of Stroke, especially if they themselves are reluctant to reach out.

Being a carer can be equally as stressful as being the patient.  If not more so at times.   I am so very fortunate to have received support from friends and colleagues over the last year.  There have been some very sad and frustrating days, as well as laughter and giggles.

If you are a carer, by receiving support yourself, you will be able to maintain the strength you need to continue to help those you love – as well as taking care of you!

Contact me, Pam, to discuss how I can assist you in your situation.

I received help from the Stroke Association at one point.  If you are caring for someone who has suffered a stroke I highly recommend them as a point of contact.