After a stroke, family members are often unsure of what they can expect as far as recovery. How much function can be recovered? How long will it take? What can be done to help at home? Can I handle what's needed?
The answers vary from case to case and from person to person. I always say, medicine is not an exact science. Education can at least help you understand the range of possibilities and some coping techniques. There are support groups, Stroke Associations, and active participation in the Physical Therapy sessions that professionals have with your loved ones. Our caregivers actually like to be there during the PT and OT (Occupational Therapy) sessions so that they can learn exactly what they are supposed to be doing to help, and how much can be expected of the patient. It's tempting to jump in and do everything for someone who needs help, but doesn't necessarily help them in the long run.
Caregivers will often be needed to do the personal care (bathing, dressing) and respite (give family members a break). The number of hours that they are needed varies with each situation. A good home care company will be flexible and offer options and changing schedules based on your changing needs.
This is a great article that goes into your options and what to expect in a lot more detail: