3.65% of residents in Singapore have had a stroke in the past. There are 26 new stroke cases every day.
Imagine this: you come home from a long week of work and your elderly parent is looking forward to having dinner with you. As dinner commences, he or she stops eating suddenly, complains about weakness in one side of their body, blurry vision, and a severe headache – all symptoms of a stroke.
You remember the F.A.S.T. test for stroke. Asking them to smile reveals a droopy face on one side; trying to raise both arms results in one arm dropping; their speech is slurred and it’s time to act quickly by calling emergency services while noting down the time.
Because strokes happen so suddenly and often without warning, stroke survivors and their families are sometimes caught unprepared for the resulting changes to their daily lives. Even as patients return home from the hospital to begin recovery at home, families may face the uncertainty of a recovery timeline, or feel unsure about how to handle post-stroke care at home.
Learn what you need to know about strokes, pick up some caregiver tips and find help with stroke recovery in Singapore by reading on!