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Stroke Rehabilitation and Stroke Homecare in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley’s stroke homecare services can help 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 blockage or a bleed 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 is the impact of a stroke?

The after-effects of a stroke vary according to the individual and how healthy they were at the time of the stroke. The consequences 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 can include: cognitive problems, communication problems, physical problems, depression, incontinence, pain, and fatigue.

Speak to the Right at Home office in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley to discuss how our care at home services can help you.

How can Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley help with your post-stroke care at home?

Life after a stroke is /unique for every individual. 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 East Lancashire and Ribble Valley hospital.

At Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley, our homecare for stroke patients can include:

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

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

Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley also has a Clinical Specialist, based at National Office, who is available to assist CareGiver teams across the network when caring for a stroke survivor.

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"The service was really helpful, responding at short notice to my relative’s urgent need. Staff were professional, reliable, caring and quickly established a good rapport. Would heartily recommend Right at Home to other people."

John S | Nephew of Client

Advice for preventing strokes

Although we cannot predict when a stroke may occur, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of requiring stroke rehabilitation and care later in life.

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 levels
  • Pre-existing medical conditions

For some of these factors, there’s no action you can take - we can’t change our genes. But it is well-known that maintaining a healthy, low alcohol, smoke-free lifestyle can reduce the risk of a stroke.

It’s important to identify high blood pressure. Ask your GP to check your blood pressure regularly. Doctors can then monitor your status, prescribe medication if required, and encourage 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 important to keep it at a normal level.  

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

At Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley, our CareGivers can devise a personalised hypertension programme should you need one. We’ll help to promote 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

FAQs about Right at Home East Lancashire and Ribble Valley after-stroke care at home services

What is involved in stroke rehabilitation?

The severity of a stroke may vary, but there will often be long-term effects.

Life after a stroke is a long period of recovery and adjustment. During this period, we can help Clients to relearn familiar skills and possibly learn some new ones with our 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 enable our Clients’ independence and allow them to get back to normal life.

How long does stroke rehabilitation take?

Unfortunately, there is no exact timeline for stroke rehabilitation. The length of a stroke survivor’s rehabilitation will depend on the severity of the stroke and any related complications. 

Some stroke survivors recover quickly, but most will require 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 system, including family members and Carers in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley can be key 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 specific needs and the number of hours of care provided. In order to deliver 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 East Lancashire and Ribble Valley team.

Hypertension/stroke information and resources in East Lancashire and Ribble Valley

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

Browse our Information Hub for guidance on Health Awareness.

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