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 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 after stroke:
This covers a range of things, but service users will mostly need help getting around the home or venturing outside for trips or other social activities. Some patients 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. Having a 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
Patients 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. A live in carer will be able to assist with all aspects of personal care.
Thinking and planning
Even the simplest of routines can suddenly become extremely challenging after suffering a stroke, and 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.
Patients may suffer from aphasia, which means they find it difficult to find a word or phrase a sentence. Some can have trouble speaking at all. 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 a dedicated after stroke live in carer can help 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
The after-effects of a stroke, and the changes in lifestyle that they can that they evoke, 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. Because they have the time to get to know the patient and understand their concerns, a live in carer can provide a more personalised level of one to one support than health professionals within a hospital or care home environment.
Frustration at your new circumstances
Understandably, after stroke patients are often 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 service user and those close to them.
Care for stroke patients
Recovering from a stroke is by no means easy – but with the right support in their own home, many sufferers are able to live an independent life again. To learn more about the many benefits of after stroke live in care, or to book an assessment for yourself or your loved one, please contact Independent People Homecare today on 0800 4714741.