What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. Without the oxygen and nutrients in blood, brain cells can die or be damaged. This damage has different effects, depending on where in the brain it occurs.
Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is an ischaemic stroke. However, strokes can also be caused by bleeding in or around the brain. This is a haemorrhagic stroke. Everyone’s experience of stroke is different.
How can it affect someone?
Although all strokes are different, there are some common problems that many people experience:
- Problems with movement and balance – muscle weakness or paralysis after a stroke can affect mobility and balance. This usually happens on one side of the body and can also cause pain and discomfort
- Problems with vision, swallowing, excessive tiredness and bladder and bowel control
- Problems with communication – many people have difficulty with speech and language after a stroke. A common problem which affects around one third of stroke survivors is aphasia. People with aphasia find it difficult to speak and understand what other people are saying to them. They also have problems reading and writing
- Problems with memory and thinking – it is very common to find that short-term memory and concentration is affected. Other thinking processes such as problem-solving, planning and orientation can be affected as well
- Emotional changes – a stroke has an emotional impact, which can lead to problems like depression and anxiety. It can also make it more difficult to control emotions, resulting in changes to behaviour
What does Revitalise offer?
Drawing on over fifty years’ experience, we offer holidays for people with over 150 different disabilities, including people who have had strokes. Our centres are purpose-built and fully-accessible and every aspect of your holiday is tailored to your needs. The relaxed settings and newly-refurbished rooms provide the perfect place to get away from it all, but it is our friendly and expert staff and nurses that set our holidays apart: at Revitalise, you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands.
Our breaks go far beyond traditional respite, but amidst all the fun, we are committed to providing the best standards of care available. Our trained care staff are on hand at all times to support you, giving you the space to enjoy a real holiday.
If you have any queries about the care we provide, please call our friendly bookings team on 0303 303 0145 or send us an email. You are also welcome to see what we do for yourself before booking your break, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit to one of our centres.