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Stroke Rehabilitation and Stroke Homecare in Colchester

Right at Home Colchester’s stroke homecare services can aid those recovering to live an independent life.

What is a stroke?

A person experiences a stroke when the blood flow to the brain is cut off, either due to a bleed or a blockage in the brain. When the brain is starved of blood, it can’t access any oxygen or essential nutrients. A lack of blood in the brain often results in brain cells and parts of the brain being damaged or destroyed.

What happens after a stroke?

The consequences of a stroke vary according to the individual and how healthy they were at the time of the stroke. The after-effects can also depend on the location in the brain where the stroke struck, its intensity and the extent of the damage caused.

Prolonged effects of a stroke may include: cognitive problems, communication problems, physical problems, depression, incontinence, pain, and fatigue.

Speak to our Right at Home office in Colchester to discuss how our care at home services can support you.

How can Right at Home Colchester help with your post-stroke care at home?

The impact of a stroke is different for everyone. Most people see some level of recovery during their stay in hospital. Many continue to recover and regain skills by following a care plan for stroke survivors at home.

Care plans following a stroke require input and development from a specialist stroke recovery team in a local Essex hospital.

At Right at Home Colchester, our homecare for stroke patients can include:

  • helping with mobility
  • managing and administering medication
  • household tasks
  • continence care
  • transport
  • shopping

Importantly, our highly-trained CareGivers can also support Clients with their recovery and rehabilitation by assisting them to maintain their exercise routines and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

We also have a Clinical Specialist, based at our National Office, who is available to help CareGiver teams across the network when caring for a stroke survivor.

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"I couldn't wish for a better or more professional company to meet my mum's needs. The care staff are extremely hard-working and treat my mum with love and dignity at all times. They also go above and beyond to ensure that all her needs are met. Mum thinks of them as family. The management too are always professional, friendly and quick to put in place any new actions required. Mum and I could not be happier with the service."

N S | Son of Client

Advice for preventing strokes

Although we cannot predict when a stroke may occur, keeping up a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of needing stroke rehabilitation and care as we age.

The risk of suffering a stroke has several contributing factors. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Blood pressure
  • Genetic factors
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking status
  • Fitness level
  • Pre-existing medical conditions

For some of these factors, there’s no action you can take - there’s nothing we can do about our genes. But it is well-known that maintaining a healthy, low alcohol, smoke-free lifestyle can reduce the risk of a stroke.

Identifying high blood pressure is particularly important. Ask your GP to check your blood pressure regularly. Doctors can then monitor your status, prescribe medication if required, and suggest lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure to normal levels. Unchecked, high blood pressure is a high contributing factor.


Dealing with hypertension (high blood pressure)

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s vital to keep it under control.

The best strategy for controlling and preventing high blood pressure is to begin with lifestyle changes. For seniors, this often involves a combination of light exercise, a healthy diet and medication.

At Right at Home Colchester, our CareGivers can draw up a tailored hypertension programme should you need one. We’ll help to encourage a healthier way of life, including:

  • Development of a light exercise schedule
  • Coordination of a healthy meal plan
  • Support with shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication reminders/set-up/administration

Making lifestyle changes can be fun and sociable, at local community groups like Different Strokes Colchester.

FAQs about Right at Home Colchester’s after-stroke care at home services

What is involved in stroke rehabilitation?

Strokes can vary in severity but often cause long-term effects. Life after a stroke is a long period of recovery and adjustment. During this period, the Right at Home Colchester team can help Clients to relearn old skills and possibly learn some new ones with our tailored stroke care plans.

There are many approaches when it comes to caring for a stroke survivor at home. Your care plan will depend on how your body has been affected by a stroke. Standard care plans will include physical, cognitive and emotional rehabilitation.

Through our stroke rehabilitation plans, we strive to increase our Clients’ independence and allow them to get back to normal life.

How long does stroke rehabilitation take?

Unfortunately, there is no fixed timeline for stroke rehabilitation. The length of your loved one’s rehabilitation is based on the severity of the stroke and any related complications.

Many stroke survivors recover quickly, but most will rely on some long-term support. Treatment can last months or years, at varying levels of intensity.

The type of rehabilitation you need will adjust over time - as you progress, relearn and develop new skills. Having a support group, including family members and CareGivers in the Colchester area, can be essential to ensuring that you are on the right track.

What is the cost of in-home care for stroke survivors?

The price of our stroke homecare and rehabilitation will depend on the Client’s individual needs and the number of hours of care provided. In order to provide effective care, we always recommend a minimum visit of one hour.

To find out more about the cost of our stroke services, please contact the Right at Home Colchester team.

Hypertension/stroke information and resources in Colchester

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United Kingdom
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes are avoidable
  • For a great resource on living with hypertension, visit the British Hypertension Society
  • For more information on strokes, visit The Stroke Association

Explore our Information Hub for advice on Health Awareness.

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