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Stroke Care Bristol

It's difficult to watch a loved one experience the effects of a stroke and rehabilitation can be both lengthy and unpredictable, with plenty of bumps along the road. However, effective rehabilitation and care is key to ensuring the best possible quality of life. There are many ways in which you can support your loved one with the right stroke care, including making changes to the home, exercising, encouraging independent movement and also considering the benefits of getting a live-in carer.

A stroke occurs when blood flow stops or floods the brain, this starves the brain of oxygen. The lack of oxygen and nutrients kills brains cells and can have a range of serious implications. The two types of stroke occur when there’s an issue with the blood supply to the brain, usually caused by a blood clot or haemorrhage.

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, this equates to over 100,000 strokes each year – one every five minutes.


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Stroke Care

Our arteries naturally narrow and harden as we age, this can cause the supply of blood to the brain to be restricted and therefore a lack of oxygen, causing brain cells to die. This process can be accelerated by lifestyle factors and certain medical conditions, making it more likely that some people will experience a stroke.

However, it isn’t only elderly people who are at risk of a stroke. Anyone can suffer from a stroke, including children, although this is relatively uncommon. In general, stroke is as a condition that affects mainly older people.

Certain factors make a person more at risk of a stroke, some are unavoidable, so it's essential to be aware if someone is at an increased risk so you can pay more attention to potential symptoms. Some unavoidable factors that increase the risk of stroke include age, family history, ethnicity and medical history. Strokes are more likely in people over the age of fifty-five, so just like dementia care, stroke care can be considered an essential part of elderly care.

People of South Asian, African and Caribbean descent are more likely to experience a stroke. Genetic disorders can cause a stroke, so when a parent, grandparent or sibling has had a stroke, the risk of stroke increases. It also increases if you’ve experienced other conditions such as TIA, previous strokes, heart attacks, or an irregular heartbeat.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can also increase the risk of a stroke, this risk can be reduced with a healthy diet, regular exercise, medication in addition to cutting back on smoking and alcohol use.

FAST


F – Face. A stroke can cause the face to droop on one side. The eye or mouth may drop, and it could become impossible to smile.

A – Arms. Another symptom is a weakness in the arms, particularly on one side. They may not be able to lift or hold their arm correctly.

S – Speech. The person’s speech may become slurred or difficult to understand. In some cases, they may not be able to talk at all.

T – Time. One of the most critical factors in combating a stroke is that treatment is delivered as quickly as possible. Call 999 as soon as you see any of these symptoms.

Stroke Info

There are three types of stroke, Ischaemic strokes and haemorrhagic strokes are the two most common types followed by a TIA (transient ischaemic attack) or ‘mini-stroke’.

Ischaemic stroke

An ischaemic stroke generally happens when fatty deposits (plaques) block the arteries and prevent blood and oxygen from reaching the brain. The risk of ischaemic stroke increases as you age because arteries often become narrower over time. This type of stroke accounts for over 80% of all strokes in the UK.

Health and lifestyle choices also increase the risk of ischaemic stroke, such as high blood, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and alcohol can also have an impact. Atrial fibrillation is a form of irregular heartbeat, causing blood clots in the heart. If these clots break up, they can travel to the brain and cause an ischaemic stroke.

Haemorrhagic stroke

Haemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts inside the brain, these burst blood vessels are usually caused by high blood pressure which can significantly weaken them until they fail. High blood pressure can be caused by a range of factors, including excessive drinking and smoking, lack of exercise, obesity and stress. High blood pressure is not, however, the only cause of haemorrhagic strokes. This type of stroke can also happen due to abnormally shaped blood vessels and brain aneurysms. A brain aneurysm occurs when a weakened blood vessel expands like a balloon due to the pressure of the blood flowing through it. They are generally hard to detect unless they rupture, which is a medical emergency.

Transient ischaemic attack

A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or “mini-stroke” happens when you have a disruption in the blood flow to the brain. Symptoms usually resolve within 24 hours or so, but a TIA is often a precursor to a full-blown stroke and should never be ignored.







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The Reality of Stroke Care

If your loved one has suffered a stroke, then they will want to return to their own home as quickly as possible.

Depending on which part of the brain was affected, they may have symptoms to cope with for some time following their stroke, such as loss of movement or speech. Someone who has suffered a stroke is likely to have complex needs once they return home, which may be beyond the scope of family members. They may need help with sitting up, getting dressed, bathing, using the bathroom and other aspects of personal grooming and hygiene. They may become easily confused and not be able to make themselves understood if their speech has been affected.

In the short term your loved one may be entitled to intermediate care, provided by the NHS or convalescent care whilst they recover. In the long term, a dedicated live-in carer could be an ideal solution. The carer should be knowledgeable in all aspects of post-stroke care and can support the rehabilitation teams.

A live in carer takes the pressure of care away from family members who may not have the knowledge and skills needed to provide specialist round-the-clock stroke support. A carer can liaise with other therapists involved in your loved one’s treatment, such as physiotherapists and language therapists, helping with crucial daily exercises and reminding them to take medications as prescribed.




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When funding care you should consider applying for relevant benefits, checking your eligibility for NHS funding, accessing local authority funding, and considering funding care with savings or other assets.

Your loved one may be eligible for funding from their local authority. Their financial situation will be discussed alongside care needs during their care assessment.

When it comes to funding the cost of home care, just like any other industry, there are unscrupulous companies out there looking to take advantage.

Always seek professional, regulated finacial advice when looking to self fund home care.

Do you need stroke care in Bristol?

What's the price of a live-in stroke carer in Bristol?

In Bristol a full time live in stroke carer will cost between £750 and £1200 per week, depending on location, type of care required and availability. If help is required throughout the day and night, then a team of carers can provide 24 hour stroke care, this will cost in the region of £2500 per week. Dedicated live-in carers could be an ideal solution. The carers will be knowledgeable in all aspects of post-stroke care and can support the recovery and rehabilitation teams.

My mum lives in Bristol, how can I tell if she's had a stroke?

The main systoms of a stroke are:

F – Face. A stroke can cause the face to droop on one side. The eye or mouth may drop, and it could become impossible to smile.

A – Arms. Another symptom is weakness in the arms, particularly on one side. They may not be able to lift or hold their arm correctly.

S – Speech. The person’s speech may become slurred or difficult to understand. In some cases, they may not be able to talk at all.

T – Time. One of the most critical factors in combating a stroke is that treatment is delivered as quickly as possible. Call 999 as soon as you see any of these symptoms.

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