How Occupational Therapists Can Support Carers in Stroke Rehabilitation

Standing with a walking frame
Postural Assessments
3rd September 2018

According to statistics from Stroke UK there are 100,000 strokes per year and over 1.2m stroke survivors. Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the UK and a third of stroke survivors struggle with depression. Occupational therapists (OTs) can play a big part in inpatient or home rehabilitation which in turn eases the burden on carers.

Following a stroke, survivors can encounter problems with their physical and cognitive abilities that impair their quality of life. Leg weakness and balancing difficulties can make walking a struggle and seriously limit mobility. Weakness in hands and arms makes day to day tasks such as washing and dressing much more difficult. Survivors may also have trouble with their memory and understanding or planning tasks, all of which impairs their quality of life.

Occupational therapists work with clients to help them regain sensory and motor abilities that have been damaged by the stroke. They also provide strategies to overcome challenges and maximise independence. In some cases, equipment like walking frames , wheelchairs etc , can be useful aids and therapists show the client how these can be utilised and the benefit. By adapting the home environment, it becomes safer and enables the client’s daily activities. The OT will always provide a personal programme, since everyone is different and the activities which are most meaningful and important to each person need to be focused on. Additionally, by involving carers and family in the treatment plan, the therapist takes a holistic approach to recovery. Home based rehabilitation has been shown to be very effective but clients do have the option to visit our centres in Berkshire or Oxfordshire for their sessions.

All our occupation therapists are DBS checked and registered members of the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). They bring a wealth of experience from the NHS and social care and are committed to enabling their clients’ independence, confidence and quality of life. If you or a loved one have survived a stroke and are looking to improve your quality of life, contact us today for a consultation.