What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is cut off, either due to a blockage or a bleed in the brain. When the brain is starved of blood, it can’t access any oxygen or essential nutrients. This often results in brain cells and parts of the brain being damaged or destroyed.
What are the after-effects of a stroke?
The after-effects of a stroke vary according to the individual and how healthy they were at the time of the stroke. The impact can also depend on the location in the brain where the stroke struck, its intensity and the extent of the damage caused.
Long-term effects of a stroke often include: cognitive problems, communication problems, physical problems, depression, incontinence, pain, and fatigue.
Get in touch with your local Right at Home office to discuss how our care at home services can support you.
How can we help with your post stroke care at home?
Life after a stroke is different for every individual. Most people see some level of recovery during their stay in hospital. Many continue to recover and regain skills by following a care plan for stroke survivors at home.
Care plans following a stroke require input and development from a specialist stroke recovery team in hospital.
At Right at Home, our homecare for stroke patients can include:
- helping with mobility
- continence care
- managing and administering medication
- household tasks
Importantly, our professional CareGivers can also support Clients with their recovery and rehabilitation by assisting them to maintain their exercise routines and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Right at Home also has a Clinical Specialist, based at National Office, who is available to assist CareGiver teams across the network when caring for a stroke survivor.
Here’s just one of the many reviews for our homecare services for stroke survivors:
“The service was really helpful, responding at short notice to my relative’s urgent need. Staff were professional, reliable, caring and quickly established a good rapport. Would heartily recommend Right at Home to other people.“
To discuss the specific needs of your loved one after a stroke, speak to your nearest Right at Home office.
FAQs about our after-stroke care at home services
What is involved in stroke rehabilitation?
Strokes can vary in severity, but often cause long-term effects.
Life after a stroke is a long period of recovery and adjustment. During this period, we can help Clients to relearn old skills and possibly learn some new ones with our stroke care plans.
There are many approaches when it comes to caring for a stroke survivor at home. Your care plan will depend on how your body has been affected by a stroke. Most care plans will include physical, cognitive and emotional rehabilitation, but the specific details will depend on your personal needs.
Through our stroke rehabilitation plans, we strive to increase our Clients’ independence and allow them to get back to normal life.
How long does stroke rehabilitation take?
Unfortunately, there is no specific timeline for stroke rehabilitation. The length of your loved one’s rehabilitation will depend on the severity of the stroke and any related complications.
Some stroke survivors recover quickly, but most will require some long-term treatment. This can last months or years, at varying levels of intensity.
The type of rehabilitation you need will change over time – as you progress, relearn and develop new skills. Having a support group, including family members and CareGivers, can be paramount to ensure that you keep making progress.
What is the cost of in-home care for stroke survivors?
The price of our stroke homecare and rehabilitation will depend on the Client’s individual needs and the number of hours of care provided. In order to provide effective care, we always recommend a minimum visit of one hour.
To find out more about the cost of care, please contact your local Right at Home office.
Advice for preventing strokes
Whilst we cannot predict when a stroke may occur, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of needing stroke rehabilitation and care later in life.
The risk of suffering a stroke has several contributing factors. These include, but are not limited to:
- Blood pressure
- Alcohol consumption
- Smoking status
- Fitness levels
- Pre-existing medical conditions
For some of these factors, there’s no action you can take – there’s nothing we can do about our genes. But it is well-known that maintaining a healthy, low alcohol, smoke-free lifestyle can reduce the risk of a stroke.
Identifying high blood pressure is particularly important. Ask your GP to check your blood pressure regularly. Doctors can then monitor your status, prescribe medication if required, and recommend lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure to normal levels. Unchecked, high blood pressure is a high contributing factor.
Addressing hypertension (high blood pressure)
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important to keep it under control.
The best strategy for controlling and preventing high blood pressure is to begin with lifestyle changes. For seniors, this often involves a combination of light exercise, a healthy diet and medication.
At Right at Home, our CareGivers can devise a customised hypertension programme should you need one. We’ll help to promote a healthier lifestyle, including:
- Development of a light exercise schedule
- Coordination of a healthy meal plan
- Support with shopping
- Meal preparation
- Medication reminders/set-up/administration
Hypertension/stroke information and resources
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United Kingdom
- Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable
- For a great resource on living with hypertension, visit the British Hypertension Society
- For more information on strokes, visit The Stroke Association
Visit our Information Hub for advice on Health Awareness.
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