Published on 26 Apr 2022
Your loved one has been diagnosed with a stroke - seeing them cope with the loss of their abilities will be painful and lifestyle changes have to be made to support them. But there is hope - with patience and support, it is possible for your loved one to make good progress in recovery through rehabilitation.
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People who have had a stroke may live with a number of physical and cognitive symptoms as stroke affects the brain. Here are some of them:
Caregivers can help their loved ones manage post-stroke recovery by keeping track of symptoms and following up on appointments with their healthcare team. They may also find a support group for stroke survivors, and tap into professional help for caregiving and stroke rehabilitation.
Stroke rehabilitation is a process that helps stroke survivors manage post-stroke symptoms and regain skills that were lost. It is usually administered by a team of caregivers and specialists. The timeline for recovery differs for every patient, depending on their condition. Here are some forms of therapy that can help your loved one through their recovery from stroke:
As soon as a doctor deems a stroke patient medically stable, it is important for the patient to start stroke rehabilitation.
Stroke rehabilitation and care can take place in the home or at a centre, depending on the needs of the patient. NTUC Health provides a range of care solutions to meet the needs of stroke survivors and caregivers through their journey:
Some patients may experience difficulty leaving the home due to problems with mobility, such as the home being located on a non-lift landing level, having steps at the entrance to the home, or having medical equipment that requires them to stay in place. Our care team can visit your loved one at home to help them through the stroke recovery process.
With Home Therapy, we can tailor a rehabilitation plan that includes exercises to maximise mobility, strength, speech and swallowing skills after a stroke. Patients can also see our doctors and private nurses for medical checkups and post-surgery nursing procedures.
Patients who are able to leave the home and visit rehabilitation centres can benefit from Day Rehabilitation services where they can attend therapy sessions to regain functions and manage post-stroke symptoms. Seniors living with mild stroke may also be suitable for regular Senior Day Care, where they can take part in physical activities and stay socially connected.
Patients who are medically stable but bedbound, or living with long-term disabilities and require round-the-clock care may be eligible for our nursing homes. Residents with a history of stroke can undergo a rehabilitation programme to improve their daily functions, manage symptoms such as pain and incontinence, and improve their overall quality of life.
Stroke recovery is a complex process that varies from person to person. Over time, the patient’s post-stroke symptoms may change. While the timeline varies from person to person, it is important to start on a rehabilitation programme as soon as possible. Some factors that affect the outcome of stroke rehabilitation are:
Caregivers can also tap into professional care services during their caregiving journey, especially when they need support to care for their loved ones. Stay positive, and keep encouraging your loved ones on the road to recovery!
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents may be eligible for government subsidies and financial assistance for the caregiving journey. The amount of subsidy will be determined through the National Means Testing System (NMTS).
Sticking to the prescribed rehabilitation routine and eating healthily are essential components of preventing another stroke. Quitting smoking is also crucial, as smoking is a major risk factor for stroke. Learn more with our article Stroke Recovery: Caring For A Patient At Home.
A stroke rehabilitation team may consist of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and dietitians. There may also be medical social workers and counselors involved in the recovery process.
Depending on the severity of stroke and related complications, rehabilitation can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. A stroke rehabilitation team can create a care and recovery plan suitable for your loved ones. Continue to encourage your loved ones to stay positive and dedicated to their recovery.
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