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‘Stroke Awareness Month’ Understanding Stroke Care


Live-in Carer with elderly lady caring for her after a stroke

May isn't just about budding blooms and balmy weather; it's also a crucial time to shine a light on Strokes—their prevention, recognition, and aftermath, as May is 'Stroke Awareness Month'.


The Stroke Association help raise awareness and funds for Stroke Awareness Month. This year their focus is on helping people to check for atrial fibrillation, which lots of people live with and don't even know it, find out more here.


At Access Care, as a local live-in care agency, for us this is more than just public health awareness—it's a testament to compassion and preparedness. Strokes can come unexpectedly, reshaping lives in an instant. However, at the heart of recovery you'll find the invaluable support of healthcare services and professionals, often including dedicated live-in carers.


Here's how to approach the critical topic of stroke care, from the point of view of a local 24/7 live in care agency. We aim to cut through the statistics with a touch of personal advice and advice on how a live-in carer can be pivotal in a person’s post-stroke recovery.


Recognising Strokes and Immediate Responses

When it comes to strokes, recognition and rapid response are the linchpins of effective care. Simply put, every second counts.


F-A-S-T: The Acronym That Saves

Remembering the acronym F-A-S-T—Face, Arms, Speech, Time—is a fundamental step towards quicker recognition. Is one side of the face drooping? Can the individual raise both arms, or does one drift downward? Is their speech slurred? If any of these are true, it's Time—to call emergency services.


Immediate Action in Perspective

From the perspective of us, as a local live-in care agency, we understand how important it is to know how to respond immediately at the first signs of a Stroke. A responsive and well-prepared live-in carer could be the difference between recovery and prolonged debilitation.


Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care

Recovery after a stroke is a marathon, not a sprint. Long-term care becomes the epicentre of a person’s health post-stroke, with rehab services and professional care providers, both residential and live-in care services, offering a continuum of support.


The Multidisciplinary Team Approach

A live-in carer collaborates with other healthcare professionals to deliver optimal rehabilitation care, often working alongside physiotherapists, speech therapists, and dedicated care managers to ensure the care is all encompassing. Together, they customise support according to each client's specific needs, promoting a holistic sense of well-being.


The Importance of Routine

Post-stroke, a well-structured daily routine can provide a much-needed anchor. Live-in carers can coordinate this, as part of the routine support system, ensure medication adherence, assist with necessary exercises, and provide a safe and familiar environment for recovery.


Emotional Support and the Human Connection

Home carers understand that strokes impact more than just the physical body; they also affect emotions and mental health. Providing emotional support is a crucial and integral part of post-stroke care, our live-in carers recognise the importance of nurturing emotional well-being alongside physical recovery.


Relationships with Live-in Carers

The relationship between a live-in carer and the client is a special one, built on trust and empathy. In the context of stroke recovery, this bond becomes a foundation for emotional support and companionship during a time that can be fraught with anxiety and uncertainty.


Support Networks

Encouraging the maintenance or establishment of support networks, from family and friends to local community groups, is a strategy often employed by live-in care agencies. The aim is to create a web of support, ensuring that the emotional well-being of the client remains in tip top condition.


Dementia and Stroke in Tandem

The occurrence of a stroke can be a precursor to or an accelerant of dementia. Understanding this tandem is crucial for effective and proactive care.


Cognitive Stimulation and Dementia Care

We at Access Care, as a local live-in care agency, recognise the all too common relationship between stroke and dementia, because of this we hold cognitive stimulation and structured mental exercises in high regard. These are not only tools for recovery post-stroke but can also be viewed as preventative measures against secondary cognitive impairments.


Home Carer Education and Training

Educating live-in carers about the nuances of stroke and dementia care, including informed decision-making and personal and companion care techniques, is ongoing. It is a dedication to a continuous improvement mindset, knowing that the more they know, the better they can serve their live-in care clients' needs.


Support Beyond the Care Agency: UK Stroke Charities That Can Help

In the United Kingdom, several stroke charities provide indispensable support, education, and resources for stroke survivors and their families. These organisations work hand-in-hand with local care agencies to offer a wide range of services that complement professional in-home care, enhancing the quality of life for those affected by stroke.


Stroke Association

The Stroke Association is at the forefront of supporting individuals who have suffered from a stroke. They offer tailored support services, comprehensive information to help understand diagnosis, treatment, and living with stroke, and they actively fund research into stroke prevention and rehabilitation. Their helpline and local stroke groups provide emotional support and a sense of community for stroke survivors and their caretakers.


Different Strokes

Different Strokes is a charity organisation focused on a younger demographic of stroke survivors. They provide unique support, awareness, and advocacy that cater specifically to the needs of younger people and their families affected by stroke. Their services include exercise programs, peer support networks, and practical advice to help manage the challenges of rebuilding lives after stroke.


The Ever-Present Need for Compassionate Care

Stroke care is a significant journey that encompasses several key aspects: recognition, response, recovery, and resolution. It's a story of courage, resilience, and the determined human spirit's quest for normalcy and health.


As we march through Stroke Awareness month, we're not just recognising a health concern—we're rallying for a movement of resilience and an outpouring of compassionate care. The nurturing touch of a live-in carer is more than a service; it's a testament to the power of human connection, offering solace in the face of life's unforeseen challenges.



How Access Care Helps People with Their Post-Stroke Care

As a local live in care agency that is well versed in providing live in carers to support those living with the after effects of a Stroke and we recognise that every person’s journey is unique.  


Our care options are tailored to meet the specific needs and preferences of each live-in care client. Whether it's assisting with exercises, accompanying to medical appointments, or simply providing a listening ear, our live-in carers are dedicated to promoting the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of those in our care. 


With 24 hour live in care from our compassionate live-in carers, you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is in capable and caring hands. 


If you have a relative or loved one who could benefit from the support of a live-in carer, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. You can call us on 01264 319399 or email hello@access-care.co.uk to learn more about how we can assist you. As a home care client of ours, you can trust that one of our home carers will provide you 24 hour live in care tailored to meet your individual needs. Let us be your partner in care, supporting you every step of the way.


5 Comments


Guest
May 03

Strokes are so common it is important to know the signs but equally important that the person gets the help they need to recover. My father had a stroke and made a full recovery with proper help and support

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May 03

I don't think there are many people that don't know someone that has had a stroke and so many are aware of F-A-S-T, Face, Arms, Speech, Time, thanks to the extensive awareness campaigns but this piece by Access Care highlights the care some victims require to enable them recover and have a quality of life after. Live in care is a wonderful option, either short term during recovery or long term to aid with everything day to day.

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May 03

Great focus for May on Stroke Awareness. It is really important that people are aware of the signs of a stroke. Access Care arrange the finest live in carers to provide that peace of mind to your family to know your loved one is in a safe pair of hands and that the signs are watched out for F-A-S-T Face, Arms, Speech, Time.

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May 02

The month of May focusses on Stroke Awareness and clearly speed of response is critical, if you can take time to learn the acronym F-A-S-T Face, Arms, Speech, Time this can really help with effective care after a stroke. Is one side of the face drooping? Can the individual raise both arms, or does one drift downward? Is their speech slurred? If any of these are true, it's Time to call emergency services. A live-in carer can also support you following a stroke and help with your care and rehabilitation whilst you remain in the comfort of your own home.

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May 02

My Grandad recently had a Stroke, turns out when he was having brain scans at hospital he had had a previous one too which none of us were aware of... This sort of information is super important and something I will be passing onto my nan so she knows the signs to look out for. Raising awareness can save lives!

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