Having aphasia after a stroke or brain injury is a very traumatic experience, not only for the survivor but also for family, friends and carers. Families need support and information on how to cope with aphasia, and how to support their loved one with aphasia.
Early Stages Of Aphasia:
Family Changes And Role Changes
Partners and family may feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed with suddenly finding themselves in the role of “carer”. They may not feel qualified or confident to take on the role. This is normal to feel like this.
After the initial shock and fear of someone acquiring aphasia, family members may need to reorganise their lives and the roles they play within the family. This may mean an increased workload for the primary carer and the family.
The severity of aphasia can vary greatly, as can the presence and severity of physical disability. Having a stroke or brain injury, as well as aphasia, may impact on:
The importance of the primary carer taking breaks and accepting help is critical. Support from family and friends can be invaluable in the early days of recovery as well as long term.