Care24Seven After-Stroke Care
A stroke is caused by either a blood clot or bleeding in the brain. It can mean sudden changes to a person’s health and mobility. Immediate stroke treatment can include surgery and medication in the hospital. After the initial treatment, patients usually need ongoing stroke care to help them regain lost function and relearn lost skills. At least some of this after stroke care is likely to take place at home. That’s where we can help.
The days, weeks and months after a stroke can be very stressful both for the stroke sufferer and their family. With the right after stroke care, significant improvements can be made, but many people need special care for years following a stroke.
Wherever you and your loved one are on your stroke recovery journey, we’ll provide the personalised, one-to-one after stroke care that will maximise quality of life and aid faster recovery. We’ll provide expert, specialist carers who understand the needs of stroke patients and are able to meet them with professionalism and skill.
Problems caused by stroke
Strokes can cause a wide variety of problems, depending on which parts of the brain were damaged. They often include paralysis of parts of the body and subsequent mobility problems. Communication skills, including speaking, reading, writing and understanding, can be lost or damaged. There can be problems with swallowing, vision and continence. Stroke patients also often experience psychological problems as they deal with the reality of their changed body and mind.
Caring for stroke patients
We know that recovery from a stroke is often a long process that must continue long after the patient leaves the hospital. This means that much of the burden of after stroke care falls to families. If one of your loved ones has suffered a stroke, you’ll know just how difficult it can be to provide the kind of care needed.
Our carers can help you with every aspect of stroke care. We can provide personal care and help with moving and handling. We can help you manage medication and provide physiotherapy. We know that many stroke patients find it difficult to regain their social life and hobbies, but we can help them do so, within whatever limitations they face.
We’ve helped stroke patients achieve tangible, long-term improvements as a result of our care. Working in partnership with patients and their families, we’ve put in place practical care plans that have allowed them to regain mobility, improve speech and lead a life as close as possible to the one they had before they suffered a stroke.
The effects of a stroke
Strokes are life-changing events, both for those who suffer them and their loved ones. People’s quality of life can diminish significantly after a stroke. We recognise and understand this. As a result, our stroke care is focused on helping patients achieve the best quality of life possible. As a result, patients lead fuller lives, and so do their families.
Strokes vary in their effects in the care needed. Stroke patients will often need some specialist after stroke care, such as help with mobility and communication. Those who’ve suffered a stroke will often receive rehabilitation for months afterwards, working with specialists and hospital consultants. They’ll often also need general care to improve their quality of life, including personal care.
It can be difficult to navigate the many types of after stroke care needed. As well as this, care needs can often change over time as patients symptoms improve. Our specialist stroke carers are able to help draw up care plans that take account of a variety of stroke care needs.
We’ll work with doctors and others helping care for each stroke patient. We’ll also make sure that the needs of the patient’s family are met. We know that caring for stroke patients can be tough, as can negotiating the changes to family relationships that often occur after a stroke.
When looking for care options for their loved ones, some people also consider sending the patient to a nursing home or care facility. While this is a relatively common choice, there are several major drawbacks to it.
To begin with, people who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia often face memory problems. They react quite aggressively and strongly when finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings and being cared for by unfamiliar people. With the care taking place in their own home, they may still have some difficulty accepting the carer in their lives, but they should feel much more at ease in their natural environment.
It can also be much more reassuring for you to know exactly where your family member is at any time of the day, and know who they are with. We provide our customers the opportunity to meet and interact with our carers, just so they feel confident that their loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia care at home will be in good hands.
Help from the Beginning
The first days and weeks after coming home from hospital following a stroke can be particularly challenging. Patients often find it difficult to adjust to their changed abilities and may find the emotional strain just as hard to bear as the physical. Some stroke patients will have been in the hospital for months before being discharged. If this is the case, it can be difficult to adjust to being at home.
From the very first days, and even hours, after a stroke patient comes home, we can help. Initially, intense nursing care is often needed to help the patient become more stable. As time goes on, we change our care plan accordingly.
A long-term approach
Stroke care must be approached as a long term project. Strokes can be devastating, but there is usually much that can be done to help patients regain function. Personalised care plans, drawn up in consultation with patients and families, help patients make important physical, mental and emotional gains.
The most important time for stroke rehabilitation is the first three or four months. But gains can often be made two years or even longer after the stroke. Every case is different, and sometimes, small tweaks in an after stroke care plan can make a significant difference to their long-term recovery.
Because stroke recovery can take so long, we emphasise the importance of gradual improvements. A gentle, sensitive approach, agreed with the patient, helps stroke survivors regain function without pain or frustration.
As a stroke patient’s condition begins to stabilise, we focus more and more on motivation and support.
We aim to improve the confidence of both the stroke patient and their family to adjust to their new reality.
For example, we might agree with the patient to take on ongoing personal care needs, while the family focuses on providing emotional support.
Do you need stroke care?
Call us to talk it through. Strokes can be devastating, but they can also be treated. We’ll provide compassionate, tailored care.
Preparing for Alzheimer’s and dementia care
Before your loved one’s dementia or Alzheimer’s care can be arranged and initiated, there are certain points that should be covered first. To begin with, you should reach out to our company and describe the situation, as well as any possible requirements. In order for us to offer the highest level of care, we will need to know as much as possible. Thus, it will be most helpful to us if you could prepare the following key details for the discussion about the care arrangement:
Details to Prepare
1. Write a List
Write a list of care needs and how you expect them to be met. Vague ideas such as ‘personal care’ are not as useful as clear statements like ‘assisting with washing, dressing and applying ointment for dry skin’. If there are certain tasks or errands that need to be done in a certain way, be sure to include them.
2. Check the List
Check this list with other people, including friends and family members familiar with the situation. You may be missing some obvious points that did not come to mind.
3. Highlight Key Points
Be sure to prepare and highlight all the key points when you start discussing the specific requirements with our representative. This helps them to provide a shortlist of carers who can really meet the stated needs.
4. Get in Touch
Once you have a clear understanding of the needs and expectations for the care, give us a call and include all the information you can. The more we know about your loved one, the more supportive and personalised care we can offer.
While communicating with the carer, try to share some personal information about your loved one.
Significant memories, especially music and hobbies, often remain strong in otherwise confused individuals. Sharing these individual traits with the carer can allow them to better connect with the person they are caring for. Remember to include preferences and habits, as well as names, memories, and activities, and our carers will do everything possible to bring affirmative, life-enhancing experiences to your loved one.
Thank you so much for looking after my mother. I have been around to see her today,
and the flat has never looked cleaner or better maintained. Thanks finally
for doing the laundry and for the spotless state of the flat.
You are a marvel!
I just wanted to thank you for the great care that you
have provided for my mother. She had a really lovely Christmas Day
and was very happy for that. Thank you, and many thanks once again.
Thank you all for the wonderful care that mummy’s getting.
I couldn’t ask for better.
Since Care24Seven took over the care at home of my father and mother,
I have been very pleased with the professionalism and care you have shown.
In particular, there has been a marked improvement in my father’s mental
and physical wellbeing.
Why Hundreds of Families
Have Already Chosen Us
1:1 Care Ratio: Unlike hospitals or care facilities that have one staff member per a group of elderly, we offer one-on-one care. This means the carer will devote all their time and attention to your loved one and their needs.
48 Hour Contract: We know how unexpectant life can be, and are flexible and ready to accommodate any situation. We have a short contract, which means that you only pay for what you use and can start and stop care at any time, adjusting as needed.
Quality of service: Entrusting the care of your loved ones to somebody you have not known for very long can feel like a risk, but we can assure you of the highest level of care. Our carers will cater to the major and minor needs of your loved one, and provide them with the greatest level of care and treatment that they deserve.
Financial benefits: With the rising costs of care facility services, care-at-home is proving to be the cheaper option. That’s not surprising as it excludes many of the expenses you would otherwise be paying for in a facility, such as rent and wages, and may even help your loved one qualify for funding help.
A certified training centre: Not only do we have over a million hours of care behind our belt, but we’re a certified training centre ourselves. This means that not only do we train our own carers face-to-face, but we also train other carers from all over the country.
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