The Different Effects of a Stroke

Heritage Healthcare is supporting Stroke Association this month to Make May Purple.

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Throughout the month, we will raising awareness for the charity and information about understanding what a stroke is. Our care assistants are able to provide care and support services to stroke survivors so they feel comfortable and independent within their own home.

The brain is an extremely complex organ that controls various body functions. If a stroke occurs and the blood flow can’t reach the part of the brain that controls a particular body function, that body part won’t function as it should. The effects of a stroke depend primarily on the location of the obstruction and the extent of the brain tissue affected.

The possible after-effects of a stroke

  • Psychological problems – depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues affecting stroke survivors, as well as difficulty in displaying appropriate emotion.
  • A cognitive impact – some survivors have problems with communication, spatial awareness, memory, concentration, the function to plan and solve problems, and carry out simply physical activities such as getting dressed.
  • Movement problems – a stroke can cause weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, resulting in coordination and balance problems. This can make someone fatigued with difficulty sleeping.
  • Communication problems – speaking, reading and writing can be affected resulting in a struggle to understand.
  • Swallowing problems – dysphagia is when there is a problem with swallowing, most commonly caused by damage to the windpipe. During the initial stages of stroke recovery, some survivors will require a feeding tube.
  • Visual problems – some stroke survivors have reported losing half the field of vision and only being able to see on the left or right hand side
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control

Following a stroke, healthcare professionals will create a tailored plan of therapy sessions to support the after effects of a stroke. Heritage Healthcare care assistants are able to match a care package around these therapy sessions, with help with personal care and taking to and from appointments. We put in place a close relationship with a client’s healthcare professionals and loved ones, so care packages are suited to changes in health.

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