Contributed by Dr. Janet Spradlin, St. Anthony Rehabilitation Center, Oklahoma City
Guidelines to help the stroke survivor who may be demonstrating inappropriate or unsafe behaviors:
- Always treat the person with respect and listen to his or her side of the story
- Offer praise when the person is exhibiting appropriate and safe behaviors (e.g., “You really handled that situation well, I’m so glad you decided to take the bus rather than drive.....”).
- Allow the person to choose among appropriate and safe choices (e.g., “Do you want me to drive you, or would you rather take a cab?”).
- Be assertive and set necessary limits. Explain your concerns and feelings in a supportive way (e.g., “I know you want to use your power tools, but I care too much about you to let you use them at this time.”).