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Stroke Care and Recovery

Early treatment after a stroke is vital as the faster you can get treatment the more brain can be saved. Knowing what signs to look out for is invaluable and can reduce the effects if help is sought early.

The recovery process is often uncertain for stroke survivors. For some people, the recovery time is short and only minimal assistance is required. Whereas for others, physical and mental limitations are more severe and indicate a more permanent solution for emotional and physical support needs to be found. Ideally, having customized stroke care plans and compassionate yet professional caregivers that empower the stroke victim to regain and maintain their highest level of independence whilst staying at home.

Strokes are never planned and are often sudden and unexpected, which makes it challenging for families to prepare for what lies ahead and coordinate appropriate care once the stroke victim returns home.

Some people have strokes without ever knowing it. These so-called silent strokes either have no easy-to-recognize symptoms, or you don’t remember them. But they do cause permanent damage to your brain. If you’ve had more than one silent stroke, you may have thinking and memory problems.

Warning signs that you may be having a stroke:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Effects of stroke

The brain is divided into several areas that control different functions including movement and your senses. Because different arteries supply different areas of the brain, where the brain is damaged will determine which functions are affected.

Every stroke is different and each person affected by stroke will have different problems and different needs. The way in which you might be affected depends on where in the brain the stroke happens and how big the stroke is. A stroke on the right side of the brain generally causes problems on the left side of the body and vice-a-versa.

In Australia, every year about two children in every 100,000 will have a stroke. The causes of childhood stroke are poorly understood with little-published research; many of these children had no risk factors. Risk factors include pregnancy complications, difficulties at birth, blood clotting disorders and heart problems. Some viral infections such as chickenpox may cause a stroke in children.

Over 420,000 people were living with stroke in Australia in 2012 – an increase of 20 percent from the previous estimate of 350,000. Two-thirds of those survivors are dependent on another person for their daily needs. Read Deloitte’s Economic Impact Report on Stroke here.

Causes of Stroke

You can treat or control some risk factors, such as high blood pressure and smoking. Other risk factors, such as age and gender, you can’t control. The major risk factors for stroke include High blood pressure. Take a quick test to see if you are at risk of any health issue like a stroke.

5 in 10 Queenslanders have untreated high cholesterol while 1 in 10 have untreated high blood pressure. In most incidents, a stroke can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle and by taking closer care of your health.

Preventing Depression during recovery

Many stroke victims are housebound during recovery, and constantly spending time alone which can impact their emotional health and lead to depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and even suicidal. Providing them with regular companionship can lead to a better outlook on life, reducing or preventing negative feelings and renewing their confidence in healing and recovery.

If you have a loved one that has returned home from a recent stroke, let Your Home Care offer some customised care to support you and the family to assist the stroke victim to maintenance some quality of life whilst staying at home.

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