Stroke

A stroke, previously known medically as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage (thrombosis, arterial embolism), or a haemorrhage (leakage of blood). As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function, which might result in an inability to move one or more limbs on one side of the body, inability to understand or formulate speech, or an inability to see one side of the visual field.

Our team are trained to recognise and assist residents to manage symptoms, some of whom may require 24-hour care.

Depending on the care needs of each individual resident we can offer a passive or more intense physiotherapy programme to improve strength and mobility together with speech and language therapy and special diets for those with swallowing difficulties.

Symptoms of Stroke: Residents who have suffered stroke vary greatly in their outward symptoms, from minor speech impairment or limb limitations to total disablement or loss of communication capability. At the Drake Unit we are trained in Stroke Management and can offer person-centred care relevant to each individual’s needs.

The Drake Unit team work closely with your GP and the assessment teams to gain a clear understanding of the symptoms of your stroke and will provide a suitable reablement or rehabilitation programme.