Stroke Carers – A Client’s Story
We train specialist stroke carers within our Head Office who can assist those who have been affected by a stroke. There are currently over 1.2 million people who are stroke survivors in the UK. The after effects of a stroke differ depending on the severity for each person. A specialist stroke carer is able to assist an individual at home so they can keep up with their social life and hobbies. Having a stroke carer at home means that life after stroke can return as close to normal as possible. Here, a client shares his story about why he chose our live in care services:
In my early 40s I had a stroke and hemiplegia that left me permanently lame. Even so, I managed for many years to get around on two sticks. But with increasing age, there came many disabilities and several falls. I am now almost totally immobile. I need help, not only with moving from A to B, but also with washing and dressing and the thousand other things that are parts of a normal lifestyle. I could not manage without live-in care.
I have a routine of getting up in the morning – downstairs on my stairlift – walk (with specialist stroke carer closely following with wheelchair) to sitting room for breakfast – work on my laptop – walk to kitchen for lunch – back to sitting room for more work on my laptop or similar – early supper – bit of television – back upstairs again – bed – more television. Sounds boring, but I still enjoy my life a lot and keep in touch with many friends.
My hobbies include writing, reading (and I have been fitted up with one of those talking books, which I listen to whilst having breakfast). Keeping in touch with friends and in so far as possible, visits to the theatre and opera.
Live in care makes it possible for me to continue to live in my own home and all else flows from that. I would recommend live in care to others because it makes it possible for people with disabilities and the old and infirm to continue in their own homes with all their familiar things around them.
I was very apprehensive at first when I first had a live in carer. I could not imagine what it would be like to have a stranger in my home. But the carer was so delightful that my misgivings were dispelled within a few days. I found that I could not imagine the house without her. We were both extremely upset when the time came for her to depart.
My tips on welcoming a new carer into your home is to gently guide and prompt new carers at every stage. I am (I hope) quite a benevolent sort of chap. If there has been a transfer from a long-standing carer who knew the ropes perfectly, it is necessary to keep in mind that practices – which I and the former carer had long come to regard as a matter of obvious routine – are entirely new to the new carer. My many past years in teaching help me keep this in mind. I might mention that at one point I prepared a lengthy note, giving every detail of my daily routine and setting out all the carer’s functions, with the idea of handing this to any potential new carer. But then I realised that this contained such a volume of material, making the carer’s duties seem a thousand times more onerous than they actually are, that the note was liable to send any potential carer screaming back to bratislava. My present practice is therefore to hand the note to a new carer a week or two after she had started, when she will have come to realise that the work in this house is fairly easy, but when there may still be things on which she is glad to have reminders.
I have been with the ENA Care Group since the summer of 2011. It was highly recommended and I was also influenced by the reputation for the conscientiousness of it’s carers. A reputation that I have found more than justified. I remain in warm correspondence with many of my previous carers.
I would recommend ENA to others as the training my carers receive seems to be very good. ENA make a point of taking trouble to match up client and carer. They came highly recommended and have been uniformly excellent.
If you would like to find out more about our specialist stroke carers or our live in care services, a member of our care team will be happy to help. Why not call today? We offer free assessments so you can ask any questions you have face to face and get a better idea of what support we can offer you at home.