A stroke can be a life-changing experience and stroke patients can experience significant challenges in their health and recovery. Effective stroke management can help you through your rehabilitation as well as highlighting any risk factors that may increase the chance of another stroke in the future.
At Circle Rehabilitation, our stroke management is tailored to your specific circumstances, abilities and requirements and is always focused on moving you closer towards achieving goals you have set for yourself.
Stroke management at Circle Rehabilitation
When you stay with us as an inpatient, we will tailor a stroke management plan just for you. Ordinarily, the first point of contact you will have with us is via phone, where we will ask a series of questions to help us get a basic understanding of the problem. We usually carry out an assessment with you – either her at Circle in Reading, or we come to you. Once we know more about you, our medical professionals can tailor a rehabilitation plan just for you.
Every person is different, and part of the challenge in providing effective stroke management is to tailor the treatment and/or therapy to each individual. We have a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of experienced healthcare experts who are all on site. This MDT is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, psychologist and dietitians as well as a consultant.
All our stroke management plans are created with input from the MDT at every stage, ensuring you will receive any specialist help you require as part of your rehabilitation.
The three areas of effective stroke management
There are three main ways we can help manage your stroke recovery and rehabilitation:
A stroke is a significant medical emergency and you may well need to be on medication for the rest of your life to prevent another one. Following a stroke, you may have been prescribed aspirin or another antiplatelet to help prevent another clot forming. Other medication you could be prescribed includes anticoagulants, antihypertensives and statins, although the exact medication is determined on an individual basis.
Whatever medication you are prescribed, we will monitor its efficacy and make any changes required to ensure you continue to receive the greatest benefit. Effective medicine management can play an important role in stroke prevention and rehabilitation.
Following a stroke, you will need to learn new things. This may involve re-learning physical movements and ‘function’ (this is defined as the ability to carry out everyday tasks) but you will also need to learn more about your health and your diet.
There are certain risk factors for a stroke, including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and being overweight. Your risk of having another stroke in the future can often be reduced by making a few simple changes to your lifestyle and our healthcare professionals will spend time talking with you about these changes and showing you how to implement them in your daily life.
While meaningful change can take time and effort to become habit, the seriousness of a stroke emphasises the importance of continuing with these healthy changes long-term.
A stroke can cause physical changes, ranging from mild to severe. Walking, movement and speech can all be affected, and you will need expert help to adapt and improve. This is where our expertise in stroke management can really help, as we have the capacity to provide expert help in every therapy.
Physiotherapist: Providing exercise guidance, education and support, the Circle physiotherapy team will be heavily involved in your stroke management. From helping to get you moving again to helping you to strengthen muscles weakened by the stroke, the physiotherapists will be with you every step of the way.
Occupational Therapist: Working closely with the physiotherapy team, our occupational therapy team will help you adjust to the effects of your stroke and then to restore as much function as possible for everyday living. Occupational therapists are also expert in assessing and improving cognitive function, alongside the psychology team.
Speech and Language Therapist: Able to provide expert help and guidance should you be experiencing any changes in your speech, your language or your ability to swallow. Roughly one third of people who experience a stroke will experience communication difficulties and our speech and language therapists play a vital role in your stroke management.
Psychologist: Input from a psychologist can be incredibly important after a stroke. Our neuropsychologist will discuss your thoughts and feelings and explore ways to manage these appropriately. Our psychologists can also help those who are experiencing cognitive problems, and this can be of real help in delivering effective stroke management.
Ongoing support from a team of experts in stroke management
The aim of stroke management at Circle Rehabilitation is to help you get better and able to live life as fully as possible. Whether we are able to help you get back to full health or are helping you to maintain as much function as possible, as an inpatient with us you will receive three hours of personal therapy a day as standard.
We review your progress with you and with each other regularly to ensure your treatment is as effective as possible.
When you are ready to be discharged back home, our occupational therapy and physiotherapy teams will work closely with you, your family and any relevant bodies when required (such as social services) to make the transition a smooth one for you.
With our highly-experienced physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists and psychologists, you will be expertly guided through training exercises, support and care tailored just for you. Recovering from a stroke can be challenging, both physically and emotionally, for you and your family. Our team at Circle Rehabilitation will expertly support you every step of the way.
For further information, or to discuss stroke management at Circle Rehabilitation, please contact us.