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Published On: Thu, Aug 2nd, 2018

The Importance of After Care for People Who Have Had A Stroke

According to a recent report, more than 15% of people will experience a stroke at some point in their life. This could be a minor TIA (transient ischemic attack), a more debilitating ischemic stroke (due to a blood clot) or the more serious haemorrhagic stroke (due to a bleed when a blood vessel ruptures).  

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The first month after a stroke is the most important period in which to recover physical and mental abilities. Subsequently it is more about rehabilitation and learning to live with altered abilities; it can be a long slow process of recovery for some people. However, there are exercise that can help with both speech and mobility and physiotherapy is especially useful to strengthen weak areas and help people regain as much of their previous strength and mobility as possible depending on the severity of the stroke.

The support of family members is vital during the recovery stage and beyond but additional care may also be desirable or necessary. For instance, if the partner of the person who has had the stroke is themselves old and frail it can be difficult for them to provide the level of vare they would like to without affecting their own health.

 

Fortunately, there are home care services (where a carer visits every day, often both morning and evening) and live-in care services (where a carer lives in your home) and these can support the whole family during the recovery period. The not-for-profit organisation The Live-in Care Hub has carried out research showing that in the vast majority of cases both the stroke victim and their family would prefer care and rehabilitation to remain at home where everyone is able to work together on getting life back to normality.

Bespoke Care

The distinctive factor about at-home care or live-in care is that the arrangement is completely unique to the client’s requirements. These specialist carers can help with meals, physiotherapy, personal care but also things like gardening and pet care if necessary to improve the quality of life of their senior client. They can also arrange nursing and administer medication. However, perhaps the most important aspect of bespoke live-in care is that it occurs in the client’s familiarity and security of the client’s own home.

Care That Provides Consistency

For a person struggling with impaired physical and/or mental capabilities, keeping things as normal as possible is very important and their own home is a secure comfortable place full of memories. It also provides stimuli that can aid recovery and rehabilitation. The home really is the best place for stroke recovery, providing a safe environment in which to progress with life following a major health scare.

Finding The Right Care

If you think a live-in carer could be right for your partner or family member and you want help looking into all the various options speak to your doctor in the first instance to find out if it would be suitable. Then research your options with the help of stroke charities and impartial organisations such as the not-for-profit group The Live-In Care Hub. Take your time and give yourself the chance to research all your choices fully. Finding the right care will have a positive impact on the quality of life of the stroke victim, help with their rehabilitation and allow them to make the best possible recovery

Author: Anna Preston

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