A stroke is when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. There are more than 100,000 people who suffer from strokes in the UK each year, and it is the leading cause of disability in the UK. Most strokes happen over the age of 65 with family history, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure adding to risk levels.
After a stroke people often find it difficult to speak, read or write and it is not uncommon for people to have problems with memory and the ability to concentrate.
With often no warning signs readjusting to life after a stroke can be physically and emotionally difficult. With rehabilitation being a key part of a care plan, at Lillyfields, our team of experienced professionals look to provide practical and emotional support. We may simply provide some help around your home, such as cleaning, doing the laundry and doing your shopping or you may decide you want a much broader service. Our range of services can be increased and reduced as your needs change.
We can provide a domiciliary service or a live-in care service.
Typical activities include:
- Rehabilitation support. Our experienced team can work with you to relearn skills or learn new ways of doing activities
- Morning and evening support for washing, dressing and meals
- Assisting with routine household chores and shopping
- Companionship and helping you to be involved in social activities
- Medicine management
- Catheter care and continence management
- Diet management – checking fluid levels and ensuring there is a balanced diet
Our services provide the practical support and care needed to maintain the best possible quality of life.
The F.A.S.T acronym has been widely publicise and refers to the main stroke symptoms:
Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to control their mouth or an eye may have drooped.
Arms – the person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there due to weakness or numbness in one of their arms.
Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled or they may not be able to speak at all.
Time – It’s time to dial 999 immediately.
There are other symptoms and signs which are not quite as common:
- Paralysis on one side of the body
- Sudden loss or blurring of vision
- Dizziness and confusion
- Trouble understanding what others are saying
- Problems with balance
- Problems swallowing
- Sudden headache
- Loss of consciousness
Symptoms of a stroke will vary but usually begin suddenly.
Sometimes the symptoms disappear, but it is still important to be assessed. It may mean you had a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) which could effect you again.A TIA is a mini stroke and is a serious warning sign that there is a problem with the blood supply to your brain.
Initially the doctor will seek to find out as much as possible about your symptoms. Normally you will be given a blood test to determine your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and your pulse and blood pressure will be measured. A brain scan will then be carried out to determine the severity of the stroke and which part of the brain has been affected.
NHS Choices – Stroke Guide