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Stroke care

Strokes can leave people requiring support in many different areas, both physical and emotional, as they build back.

Care and support for strokes at home

Strokes affect many people, each year more than 100,000 people have strokes. That equates to one person every minute. There are around 1.3m stroke survivors in the UK (Stroke Association figures).

A stroke is a rapid development of disturbance of brain function lasting more than 24 hours. A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is the same but fully resolves within 24 hours.

The majority of strokes (84%) occur because of a clot on the brain which causes part of the brain to lose blood supply and die. Most of the remaining 16% of strokes are caused by a bleed in the brain, called a cerebral haemorrhage.

Strokes are a major health problem in the UK, accounting for about 11% of all deaths.

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What are some of the main risk factors for strokes?

There are many risk factors for stroke. Some of them are listed here and these are all risk factors that can be modified to reduce the risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Signs and Symptoms of having a stroke are:

What’s the treatment for a stroke?

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Hospitals may carry out a brain scan either CT or MRI soon after the start of symptoms to determine the type of stroke and whether it is a clot or a bleed.

Longer-term treatment involves:

Find out more information about treating strokes on the NHS website


Radfield offers specialist support for stroke care needs.

All of our carers receive training in how to recognise the signs of stroke so that they too can act FAST and call 999. We support many people who have had strokes. The care that each person requires is unique to them, which is why we put in a tailored care plan to provide the exact care required. We can be flexible so if there are high care needs immediately on coming home after a stroke to rehabilitate, we can then reduce this week by week or day by day as recovery progresses.

As well as providing personal care and help with running the house, we can also help with rehabilitation. We support many people to undertake physiotherapy exercises and accompany on walks to build up strength and confidence and to promote independence.

We are able to administer medication and our technology solutions allow us to monitor the times that medication is given which is important to ensure that blood pressure and other preventative medications are given at the right times. Our Care Professionals can also help with shopping and preparing meals and ensuring that diets are suitable and low in fat and salt if required and encourage and support clients to stay well hydrated.

Find support for stroke care near you

We’d love to talk about ways we can help, get in touch with your local Radfield team today.

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Frequently asked questions about Stroke care

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If I receive a direct payment, will I have to pay any of my own money towards my care?

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