A stroke is a blood clot or bleed in the brain and can lead to permanent neurological damage and complications.
While there are different types of strokes, sometimes a person will have a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or a ‘mini-stroke’. This is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. The individual usually makes a quick recovery, but a TIA must be taken seriously as it can increase the likelihood of a stroke in the future.
The long-term problems caused by stroke can include:
- Loss of feeling and sensation
- Speech impairment
- Visual problems
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Lack of concentration
These symptoms are not only difficult for the person effected, but can be difficult for family members to deal with.
At Eximius, our companions are trained to care appropriately and sensitively with clients after a stroke. While the effects of a stroke can be permanent, there are many situations where with the right support and encouragement people fully recover.
We help with physiotherapy exercises, mobility, and household tasks such as preparing meals and cleaning. We work closely with our clients health team, including GP’s, OT’s and district nurses to develop an appropriate care plan, tailored specifically for our client.
Just as important is the emotional side. Recovery from a stroke can be slow and hard and incredibly frustrating for all involved. We encourage and give empathetic support, to ensure our clients stay motivated and reach their goals – with a big celebration when they do!