Stroke or ‘Brain Attack’ is a life altering medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Worldwide, cerebrovascular diseases are responsible for 6.15 million deaths (10.8% of all deaths). In India, the incidence rate is 119-145/100,000, stoke prevalence is 84-262/100,000 in rural and 334-424/100,000 in urban areasand 15% of strokes occur in the population aged <40 years. The mean age a patient gets a stroke is 63 years.
Stroke happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. The brain cells can be damaged or die because of lack of blood supply. This damage can have different bodily effects depending on the severity and the areas damaged in the brain. 1 year post stroke 55-70% become fully independent and 7-15.7% remained completely disabled.In case of a stroke, the damage is immediate, and the effects may be prolonged with physical, emotional, social, and financial consequences not only for the patient affected by it but also for their family. Despite significant advances in identification and reduction of risk, stroke remains a major and leading cause of disability in India.
Managing with stroke can be one of the most difficult situations for a stroke patient as well as the family. Immediate rehabilitation is essential for stroke patients; it plays a vital role in early and faster recovery, thereby helping the patient to become as independent as possible. A specialty led home based rehabilitation program helps patient receive hospital like care and seamless integration back to the community.
“A thorough initial assessment by a stroke rehab expert followed by a tailor made care plan in concurrence with the treating physician forms the basis of rehabilitation program at Nightingales Home Healthcare Specialist. With the help of the rehabilitation team, continuous support and care is offered within the comfort of one’s home. Nightingales includes a well-structured assessment and periodic follow up care protocol to monitor patient progress,” said .Kiran Joshi, Regional Head, Nightingales Home Healthcare Specialist.
“Backed by a multidisciplinary team Nightingales provides support to patients at home with the clinical team consisting of Physiotherapists, Speech therapists, Occupational therapists, Physicians and rehabilitation nurses who periodically reassess patients with measurable outcomes andcomprehensive approaches to every challenging problem thereby aiding the patient to achieve recovery.” added. Joshi.
Home healthcare provides easier access to quality services as patients can recover in the comfort of their own homes, removing the need for travel to and from their homes. It is also easier for the family members. Continuity of quality care helps patients become more independent with activities at home and encourages patients to develop problem solving skills and healthy coping strategies. It is cost and time effective without compromising on quality and recovery process.