Caregivers Are The Unsung Heroes of Stroke Recovery

The role of the caregiver is one of the most critical in the stroke recovery process. A caregiver is most often a spouse or family member, but may also be called a “communication partner” or “care partner,” and include a close friend, neighbor, or healthcare professional. Being a caregiver can be very challenging and often comes with a high level of stress and even frustration. You are not alone. There are millions of other caregivers going through similar situations who have the same concerns.

Below are some resources to help guide your way.

Home From The Hospital And Caring For A Stroke Survivor

The caregiver role in managing the care and rehabilitation of a loved one after a stroke is vital. It can be demanding and sometimes frustrating, as well as emotionally and physically draining, but it’s not hopeless. Being diagnosed with aphasia after a stroke or brain injury can cause frustration and stress, not only for patients but also for their caregivers.

In our “Home from the Hospital: Caregiving for a Stroke Survivor” eBook, you’ll learn how to plan a routine to care for your loved one, assemble a care team, assess financial needs, participate in appointments and rehabilitation, and take care of yourself.

Download Our FREE Caregiver eBook

Some Caregiver Facts

4 in 10


in the U.S. are caring for an adult or child with significant health issues.

*Estimate Pew Research Center

More Than


of family caregivers become more proactive about seeking resources and skills they need to assist their care recipient after they have self-identified**

More than 65 Million

people, 29% of the
U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member, or friend during any given year.

The average number of hours** family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones is

2 hours

**Caregiver Action Network

Caregivers, Communication Partners, and Care Partners (and How They Communicate with Stroke Survivors)

There are different names for the roles someone plays in the life of a stroke survivor, and there can be overlap between them. Sometimes, it comes down to personal preference. Here’s how we break down the terms:

  • A caregiver is a family member or paid helper who looks after or cares for someone who cannot independently take care of themselves due to age or medical issue.
  • A communication partner is anyone who communicates with someone who has a communication impairment (family members, medical staff, therapists, friends, etc.).
  • A care partner can be anyone who “partners” with the stroke survivor in a caring relationship where both parties give and receive. This is a term that may be preferred over “caregiver” or “communication partner.”

No matter the title, communication is at the heart of connecting with the stroke survivor. Download these quick tips for better communication.

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Speech Language Pathologist showing a patient how to use a device