A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted by some kind of blockage or burst of an artery’s wall, resulting in not enough oxygen getting to the brain, thereby damaging brain cells. The degree of damage sustained depends on the type of stroke, its severity, and how quickly it was resolved and the blood flow restored. These factors also play a great part in determining whether the after-affects of the stroke are mild or severe, and whether it can have merely temporary or longer lasting repercussions.
There are a lot of medical terms and explanations, but when it gets down to it, not a lot of them are important to us. What is important is that this is something that frightens most of us. We try our best to take measures to prevent such things from happening, but if they do, we feel powerless in the face of them. Most of us have no medical training at all, and feel like we wouldn’t know how to take care of our loved ones if it does happen to them. But nowadays there is a whole assortment of helpful tools to aid us if we have to go through something like this.
There are a number of aids for stroke patients that may just prove to be very helpful for when looking after someone that has had a stroke. And they range in variety and application, depending on the needs of the user.
The most common aids for stroke patients are those that assist with movement. Mobility scooters are small four wheeled transports, that run on a rechargeable electrical battery, equipped with a seat and tiller, and usually a small basket at the front.
Possibly the most commonly used mobility aids are wheel-chairs. They usually come with foot plates, a retractable frame, handles at the back if it is to be pushed by a carer, and handles over the back, larger wheels, if pushed by the one sitting in the chair.
For those who are capable of most everyday actions, but do require help for certain movements, there are certain stroke recovery aids such as the forearm walker, which is only used for stability while the user himself can walk, and the community care bed. The care bed is equipped with a number of useful features, such as a self-help pole to grab on to, a back rest, knee bend and side rails. And if grip strength is affected, there are also appliances that provide help with opening jars, cars or even pealing.
Strokes fall on the list of medical conditions that are nothing to sneeze at. But, no matter how terrified or inept we feel when it comes to stopping it from happening, there is no reason to believe that there is nothing we can to to help those we care about or even ourselves after it does.