Working with someone after a stroke

Putting plans in place for a recovery programme after someone has had a stroke is always going to be unique to the individual.

"I can’t fault CLCA and the care they provided.”

That is why here at CLCA we pride ourselves on constructing tailor-made packages for individual requirements.

There cannot be a one-size-fits-all philosophy when it comes to health and wellbeing. Every one of us is different and that is why our care packages have to be carefully put together taking into account things like the general health of the client, severity of the illness and individual needs.

In stroke cases, we need to be aware of what part of the brain has been affected and to what degree. This is going to determine the type and extent of care through the recovery process.

Our carers work with clients by understanding not only their needs but also their likes and dislikes in advance, making the road to recovery a special experience for them.

This also involves caring for those clients who are unable to communicate their wishes and needs and our staff are highly trained in the art of non-verbal care, making life as comfortable and as stress-free for the client as possible.

In many cases, people are unable to continue living at home without the help of specialist healthcare professionals. We believe being able to stay at home in familiar surroundings is so important for stroke patients and helping clients to do that is exactly what CLCA was created for.

One of our clients was Mr C. who suffered a devastating stroke that left him unable to speak and paralysed down his right-hand side. His wife was keen to keep him at home but struggled to find the right kind of care her husband needed.

After trying other agencies Mrs C. turned to us for help and we were delighted to be able to provide the right care for Mr C, meaning he was able to spend three more precious years at home before suffering a further stroke, passing away one week later.

Mrs C. said: “Everyone was very impressed with CLCA, they were efficient and of a very high standard, and they got on really well with [Mr C.] – he commanded a room, even though he was non-verbal he could signal his needs.

“He adored them. They learned his non-verbal language and they allowed him to rule. He was a man that made a great impression on people and they had a lot of respect for him.

“And I had respect for them – they never minded me pointing something out that I thought could be done in a better way, not medically but with [Mr C.] and how he liked things.

“There must be lots of people looking for an agency that have difficulties, I know because I did it. I can’t fault CLCA and the care they provided.”