According to the Heart Foundation, 10 people suffer from a stroke every hour. Almost 80% of these situations can be prevented. You can survive a stroke, but it can leave long-lasting effects such as sustaining a disability.
In some cases, a person who has suffered from a stroke can get access to rehabilitation therapy that can help the recovery process after a stroke. Here is what you need to know.
It is a long journey to recovery
Something that people who have suffered a stroke, along with their caregivers, need to know is that recovering from a stroke is a long and slow journey. It will require patience and constant practice to see results. This will vary according to the severity of the stroke, the less severe the stroke is the better the recovery process is.
What is a stroke
A stroke occurs when there is a blood clot that prevents the blood supply from circulating as normal. The blood clot can cause the arteries that provide your brain with oxygen to be blocked or burst, resulting in a stroke.
Some of the cells in your brain can stop working or die, causing parts of your brain to be permanently damaged. Knowing what symptoms to look out for such as slurred speech, half of the face drooping, or one side of your body feeling numb can help you get access to medication that can reduce the chances of a stroke happening.
The benefits of rehabilitation and support
Rehabilitation may not cure the damage that has occurred in your brain after you have suffered a stroke, but it can aid you in making the most use of your body. Having rehabilitation therapy along with the support of your loved ones can help you regain your confidence and independence. However, it is important to remember that this will take time to achieve. There are many professional services that you can make use of such as:
Seeing a doctor to find a way going forward
Consulting with a speech therapist
Physiotherapy with a physiotherapist
Dieticians to get you on the right diet
Social workers & psychologists who can help you and your family cope
While most of these services will cost money, it is possible to reach out to the Heart Foundation on 021 422 1586 to find the necessary support services and documents that can help you move forward.
The process of recovery
The recovery process will differ from person to person based on the severity of the stroke. Your doctor will assess you and provide a treatment plan moving forward that is tailored towards your needs to prevent any further complications. It is important to follow any set steps that your doctor has set to protect yourself.
You will then be required to participate in a range of motion exercises that will help you regain the proper muscle use that may have been affected by the stroke. Keeping active by standing and walking is essential, but remember to take things slow and listen to your body so that you do not end up hurting yourself.
If you have life cover in place, it will be possible to claim if you have suffered from a severe stroke. Inform your insurer as soon as you can about your condition so that you and your loved ones will know how to go about the claim process.