Question: I live in Tunis Mills. I had a stroke a few years ago that affected my balance. My husband has eye problems. He is also an active alcoholic and suffers from depression and anxiety. We need help for me. Is there any charge for this service?
Dr. Amy: There are several government programs that may be able to provide you with some assistance. The best thing to do is to go to your nearest department of social services (the adult services unit) and get an application. The people there will be able to give you information specific to your area, and help you fill in the form. You can also ask about what help might be available for your husband.
You can also call Home Instead Senior Care. One of their trained staff can visit you and do a free assessment of your needs, the services they can provide, and what that would cost.
Lastly, the National Stroke Association (stroke.org) and the American Heart Association (strokeassociation.org) both have info and suggestions for how and where you can get support. It’s very important that you learn as much as possible about your condition and get the right support, so that you can improve your health and live as healthy and fulfilling a life as possible.
Has your doctor recommended exercises to improve your balance? If not, I encourage you to go back and have a talk about this—and what other exercise and diet tips he recommends.
Is your husband being cared for by his doctor? It sounds like he needs to be assessed to see what can be done to help him manage his anxiety and depression. I encourage you have him see his doctor.
I am sure you must feel overwhelmed sometimes. I encourage you to reach out for help and put in place the supports you need to safeguard your health. You might consider joining a support group for survivors of stroke. It really helps to be with people who share your experience. Not only can they offer you emotional support, they can also share with you their ideas and tips for local programs and services. Good luck!
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