My husband, Chris had a stroke in 2010 that left him with a paralyzed right arm and severe speech and cognitive deficits. Over the years we have found several devices and assistive technology that have made our lives much easier. We hope they are useful to you.
My husband and I found a neurologist who was able to explain neuroplasticity to us. The brain has the ability to grow, change and evolve with practice. One of the best books I’ve read on neuroplasticity is The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge (2007). It outlines case studies of people who have experienced brain trauma and the different methods used to change their brains for the better. This book, coupled with our new neurologist’s positive attitude, rejuvenated us.
A Blood Pressure monitor is a must have if your loved one has hypertension.
Chris has finally gotten to the point where he can be left home alone. But I still have some concerns about his judgment sometimes. So, I installed security cameras throughout the house. The cameras can be accessed on my phone or iPad when I am away from home. I can see what he is doing in the house. It helps me feel at ease and gives him a level of freedom. He does not feel like I am babysitting him, towering over him and watching his every move at home. Yet I have access at work or any place I need to go, to spot check and make sure he is safe.
I needed my husband to have a medical bracelet that told people that he had APHASIA. I engraved my phone number on it. I also wanted it to be stylish.