A serious life-threatening medical condition, a stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.
The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen. If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance. (NHS advice)
Dealing with the aftermath of a stroke, with its changes to life styles and care needs, can have a major impact on you and your family.
Stroke survivors are often left with long term support needs because of the injury to their brain. Some will recover their independence after a long period of rehabilitation. Many will never fully recover and need to adjust to life with constant after effects of a stroke. Adjustments that may include some level of supported living, at certain times of the day or round-the-clock.
As with other types of acquired brain injury, at Cygnet Care we help you create a home care plan to support stroke survivors and maintain family routines. Your care plan is always adaptable for those times you need flexibility.
Our professional stroke support carers work throughout the North East, helping your loved one with everyday tasks. Enabling as normal a life as possible, we help get your family member out of bed, bathed and dressed, and undertaking light housework duties around their home if required. We can prepare and cook meals, do laundry and ironing and many other tasks depending on their home care plan.
Social integration and communications are key to recovery and rehabilitation. We support your loved one’s well-being with opportunities for social integration when they feel ready and in support of their needs. We constantly communicate and converse with them to help redevelop their vocal functions. Our full range of support services are available for inclusion in your home care plan.
Call us on 0191 908 9384 to talk about home care support options for you and your well-loved family member recovering from a stroke.
What are the signs of a stroke?
It is recommended you check for stroke symptoms based on the word F.A.S.T.
If you suspect someone is having a stroke, check for the following signs:
- Face: has the face dropped on one side, is their mouth or eye drooping, they won't be able to smile.
- Arms: can they lift their arms and keep them there? They may not be able to lift both arms due to weakness or numbness in one arm.
- Speech: can they talk at all, is their speech slurred or garbled, are they making sense, even if they appear to be awake?
- Time: Time is of the essence. Dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
If it is a stroke, the sooner they get help, the better their chance of recovery.
What are the causes of a stroke?
To function properly the brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. These are provided by blood flowing to the brain. Any interruption or restriction in the blood supply to the brain can lead to brain injury causing disability and potentially death.
There are three causes of strokes:
An ischaemic stroke accounts for approximately 85% of all cases. It is caused when a blood clot stops the blood supply reaching part of the brain.
If there are any weak areas in the blood vessels supplying the brain, the blood can burst out causing it to leak into the brain.
Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
Also known as a mini stroke, TIAs are causes by temporary interruptions to the blood supply in the brain. Blockages may stick in a blood vessel for a short time and then be pushed further along.
TIAs can last for a few minutes or several hours. They may be a warning sign of risk of a full stroke in future. Seek medical advice to have them treated urgently.
Support for stroke survivors with Cygnet Care (North East)
The important thing for your family and loved one, is to ensure you’re all supported in this time of need. Many families contact us just before their loved one is due to be discharged from hospital. We work with you to develop a stroke survivor home care plan we can put into place as soon as they get home.
Please remember you can always call us on 0191 908 9384 to talk about home care support options for you and your beloved family member recovering from a stroke.