The road to recovery can be hard during rehabilitation, so keeping stroke patients motivated is not always easy to achieve.
Motivation plays a key role in the recovery process because the more willing a patient is to participate in activities, the better the results will be.
This is why it is important to work with therapists and specialists to try to keep the stroke patient as motivated as possible. So, what are the best strategies to keep someone motivated?
For many stroke patients, the recovery process seems difficult, if not impossible to comprehend. It is therefore essential that family members and therapists do what they can to support them during rehabilitation. Some things that can help include:
- Positive reinforcement
Always get the best out of each achievement, even the smallest one. Indeed, even if it seems insignificant, reaching any goal will make the patient feel good.
There is nothing worse than trying to help stroke patients and getting frustrated with their results. Be friendly with the patient every step of the way and they will see that you are there to support them.
Rehab can be a painstaking process. However, showing interest in how they are progressing and that they are cared for, will help them go the extra mile.
By overcoming these mental hurdles as much as possible, the recovery process will be easier and progress may be faster.
Another tip for helping keep stroke patients motivated in their recovery journey is that the goals should be realistic. Every patient is different, so therapists will try different activities to fit the needs of each patient.
Not everything will go smoothly during the recovery process, so setting small goals to achieve for each session will help a patient feel that they are making progress.
By working with the therapist, you can set both short and long-term goals that the patient can expect to achieve over time.
Once all of this is mapped out, you can break it down to the patient and they will better understand what they will get out of each session.
Finding the right balance between hope and motivation will help a stroke patient feel better and more willing to continue their rehabilitation programme.
Work with therapists and specialists to find the right balance. This will help you keep a patient motivated during therapy sessions.
Motivate and accelerate!
This document does not constitute the practice of medical consultation nor medical advice. Always seek the advice of your treating physician and/or specialist. If you suspect that you are experiencing symptoms of stroke, call for an ambulance immediately.