Resources & Education for Stroke
Caregivers' Understanding & Empowerment (RESCUE)
Welcome to the RESCUE Website
for Stroke Caregivers' Understanding
or RESCUE for
short, is a lifeline to help caregivers “keep
their head above water.” Stroke onset
is very sudden and new caregivers are not
always prepared for this new role. The
caregiver may be overwhelmed and feel like
the person who needs to be rescued. The RESCUE website
provides stroke caregivers with information
and resources to help them better care
for their loved one. The website also gives
caregivers information to help them take
care of themselves. There are 45
easy-to-read “fact sheets” about
stroke and stroke caregiving on this website.
They can be downloaded and printed. The
45 fact sheets are also available in Spanish.
RESCUE Fact Sheet Categories
The RESCUE team has
fact sheets that will help you with any questions
you may have. These fact sheets are divided into the following
Many people don’t
know what a stroke is or why it
happened. In this section, you will learn about the
causes of stroke and how to prevent
another stroke in the future.
You may be overwhelmed
by the amount of stroke information
This section teaches you how to
find up-to-date information from
sources. It also provides you with
tips for talking to your healthcare
The daily stresses
of caregiving can wear you down.
To be the best
caregiver, you must first take care
of yourself. This section has tips
lowering your stress and depression.
It also provides information on
family relationships and long-distance
Dealing with the physical
needs brought on by stroke is hard.
informs you about changes in how
the body functions and problems
Stroke can change
your loved one’s personality
and behavior. This
section teaches you how to deal
with these changes.
Helping your loved
one lead a healthier life can promote
Topics in this section include preventing
falls and managing your loved
You may wonder how
much help to give your loved one.
In this section,
you will learn ways to increase
your loved one’s independence,
lending a hand.
You may not know what
help is available in your local area.
section you will learn about respite
care, long-term care housing, and
stroke support groups.
Money issues can cause
a lot of worry and stress. Tips
for how to manage
finances and sort through the legal
process can be found in this section.
In the last section of this book you will find helpful tools. These tools can
be used for tracking your loved one's important health information. They
include a personal health record form, a medication card and an aphasia
These materials were created for the project:
Web-Based Informational Materials for Caregivers of Veterans Post-Stroke
Project Number SDP 06-327 funded by VA HSR&D Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI); Supported by the
Visit the Stroke QUERI Website