What happens during a stroke?
A mini-stroke, otherwise known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. The resulting lack of oxygen to the brain results in the damage, or in some cases the death, of certain brain cells. Strokes can also be caused by bleeding in the brain, and these are called haemorrhagic strokes.
The effects of having a stroke can vary greatly from person to person depending on the type and severity of the attack – as does the chance of making a full recovery. Amongst other things, the individual may require assistance with the following as part of the stroke recovery process:
This covers a range of things, but individuals will mostly need help getting around the home or venturing outside for trips or other social activities. Some might can find walking very difficult. They can also be prone to tripping or falling, particularly in areas of risk such as the bathroom or the stairs.
If a loved on has a stroke, having a live-in carer on hand to help can not only make life a lot easier – it can also provide reassurance to friends and family members who may worry about the person’s safety.
Muscle, joint, and nerve problems
Individuals often experience weakness in one side of the body, or may not be able to move at all. This can cause pain, along with a reduced ability to eat, bathe, dress and use the toilet. After stroke care at home means a live-in carer will be able to assist with all aspects of personal care.
Thinking and planning
Recovering from a stroke can mean that even the simplest of routines might suddenly become extremely challenging. This is often because the person can struggle to think clearly, or reason with their thoughts. Sleep patterns, memory and overall behaviour can be affected, so the individual will require support with many daily tasks.
Individuals may suffer from aphasia, which means they find it difficult to find a word or phrase a sentence. Some can have trouble speaking altogether. Though in many cases a professional speech therapist will be assisting the patient, talking and interacting with other people regularly, and without judgement, is vital to their recovery.
This is where our live-in carers, specialists in home care for stroke victims can help dedicated on a daily basis. Along with a speech professional, they can also help explore other means of communication during the recovery phase.
Depression and anxiety
When someone has had a stroke, it can lead to feelings of low mood and anxiety. It’s very important that action is taken to reduce negative thoughts and focus on remaining positive throughout the road to recovery.
Our live-in carers spend time getting to know an individual, so they can understand and address any concerns. Post stroke care at home means a live-in carer can provide a more personalised level of one to one support than health care professionals within a hospital or care home environment.
Frustration at your new circumstances
Understandably, when someone has had a stroke, they are likely to feel angry that they can no longer live the life they want to lead. Engaging with an after stroke live-in carer who can remain calm, compassionate and empathetic, even in times of distress or frustration, can make all the difference to the individual and those close to them.
Choose stroke home care with us
If you’re worried about a relative who is recovering from a stroke, we can help. Find out more about the many benefits of after stroke care at home or book a no obligation FREE care assessment for yourself or a loved one.
Contact Independent People Homecare today on 0808 250 4091.