According to the charity Stroke.org there are around 100,000 people who experience a stroke in the United Kingdom each year. Medical professionals are in general agreement that the window of opportunity for spontaneous recovery in most cases is approximately 30 days. After that period, significant improvements to physical and mental abilities are unlikely but, nevertheless, stroke sufferers can be rehabilitated and learn to live very well with their impairments.
Depending on the severity of the stroke some people may need to learn to walk again or talk again and this can be a slow process with which professional help is required. Family members may need to become caregivers to their loved one, but additionally at-home care or a residential care home may need to be considered depending on the amount of personal care and assistance that is required. Sometimes that professional help is only required on a temporary basis until rehabilitation is well underway.
Very often, stroke aftercare can take place in the patient’s own home with home care services, or live-in care services to support the rehabilitation activities. The person who has had the stoke, their family members and supporting caregivers can all work collaboratively on a rehabilitation programme so that life can return to something similar to what it was before – and all within the comfort and security of a beloved family home.
Familiar Surroundings Aid Recovery
Anecdotally we all know that people tend to recover better once they leave hospital and return to the familiar surroundings of their home. With stroke aftercare that familiarity plays a major part when it comes to the success of the recovery. Patients who may require assistance to recover memories of people and places that have been lost are helped by being in familiar surroundings that trigger those memories again. A good physical recovery is also more likely in a place in which a person is comfortable and relaxed, and feels secure; where they can sleep well in their own bed and generally be surrounded by their own possessions, often gathered over a lifetime.
When recovery is unlikely and rehabilitation is the focus then a professionally trained carer who visits the home or works as a live-in carer will develop a routine that takes account of limited abilities. They can also recommend home adaptations that will make everything as easy as possible for the whole family moving forward.
Why Live-in Care Helps During Stroke Recovery
In the first 30 days following a stroke, assistance with cooking, cleaning and personal care is very helpful, especially if there are no family members who can help, and these services can be provided by a live-in carer or by a home care service where the carer visits daily and often twice daily. A reputable live-in care company or home care company will ensure the carers assigned to you will have the skills and experience necessary for working with stroke victims. Find out more at The Live-in Care Hub.