Stroke Rehabilitation

At Inspire Neurocare, our highly experienced teams provide life-changing residential stroke rehabilitation services for adults.

Understanding sudden onset conditions: Stroke

Each year in the UK, around 100,000 people have strokes. While some stroke survivors experience a quick recovery in acute stroke units, many require neurological rehabilitation in specialist stroke inpatient rehabilitation centres. At Inspire Neurocare, stroke patients can recover and be supported to regain as much independence as possible on our stroke unit.

 Following a stroke, neurorehabilitation, care and support is centred around reablement so people can live with more independence. Re-learning the skills of everyday living and developing new ways of compensating for the lost function is one essential part of this approach, with individuals benefiting from fantastic clinical outcomes at our stroke rehabilitation unit.

 Stroke rehabilitation: FAQs

Stroke injury rehabilitation is a complex but life-changing process. Scroll to the end of the page for frequently asked questions designed to support your understanding of this process and help you access further information.

Ischaemic Stroke

This is the most frequent type of stroke, responsible for approximately 80% of all strokes. Ischaemic strokes occur when a blood clot obstructs blood flow to the brain. The clot can form in an artery that carries blood to the brain or elsewhere in the body. The main types of this kind of stroke are a thrombotic stroke, when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one of the arteries that supply blood to your brain and embolic stroke, when a blood clot or other debris forms away from your brain — commonly in your heart — and is swept through your bloodstream to become lodged in narrower brain arteries.

Haemorrhagic Stroke

This type of stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or leaks. Haemorrhagic strokes are less common but are usually more severe and deadly than ischaemic strokes. An intracerebral haemorrhage occurs when an artery in the brain bursts, flooding the surrounding tissue with blood. A Subarachnoid Haemorrhage refers to bleeding in the space between the brain and the surrounding membrane (the subarachnoid space), often caused by the bursting of an aneurysm (a weak spot in a blood vessel wall).

Managing the life-changing impact through inpatient stroke rehabilitation

Following a stroke, people can experience physical disabilities, including weakness, stiffness, and spasms, which affect their ability to walk and cause issues with activities of daily living. Over 1/3 of stroke survivors experience communication difficulties, including difficulties in speaking, understanding, and communicating. Fatigue can also have a significant impact on people's recovery and rehabilitation.

 The aim of neurorehabilitation in a stroke rehabilitation unit is to help people achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible, by improving or restoring their abilities and supporting them to compensate for functional disabilities.

 Every stroke is different, and people have differing requirements for neurorehabilitation and different goals. Inspire Neurocare's inpatient stroke rehabilitation services take an interdisciplinary approach to ensure that rehabilitation is developed around the individual. 

Expert interdisciplinary therapy at Inspire

Our interdisciplinary team of therapists includes speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists who develop personal rehabilitation plans that allow people to set personal goals that are most relevant to their lives. These teams work closely with our carers/ rehabilitation assistants - our Life Skills Facilitators - who continue therapeutic interventions following sessions and the Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coaches, who ensure that people are supported to live their lives as they choose.

For one person, it might be imperative to learn how to climb stairs. For others, making a cup of tea or a simple meal might be a good outcome. The therapy team will work together to reach whatever goals are selected.

Specialist nursing for stroke rehabilitation

Our specialist nursing teams deliver expert, compassionate care for individuals undergoing stroke rehabilitation. From managing medical needs and complex health issues, to supporting stroke patients through the physical, cognitive, and emotional changes that come with stroke recovery, our specialist nurses provide compassionate, comprehensive care. 

By working closely with the rehabilitation team, they ensure a holistic approach that maximises each individual's potential for recovery and reintegration into everyday life.

Consultant-led care

Every Inspire Neurocare service is led by a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine specialising in neurological disabilities. Our consultants have in-depth knowledge and experience in neurorehabilitation. They are instrumental in coordinating the rehabilitation team and overseeing each individual's care plan and treatment. Their expertise ensures that every patient receives the most effective, evidence-based treatments and interventions designed to maximise their rehabilitation potential.

Physiotherapy for Stroke

Following a stroke, Inspire Neurocare's physiotherapy team work with individuals to improve their mobilisation, balance and strength with exercises, and stretching to reduce stiffness and spasms. For people who experience weakness on one side of the body, the team use exercises to rebuild their strength and reduce the associated weakness.

Occupational therapy for Stroke neurorehabilitation

The team focuses on enabling individuals to regain and improve their abilities in everyday tasks, targeting thinking skills and addressing cognitive problems. This may involve adapting to new ways of doing things, modifying the environment, or using assistive equipment.

By targeting these everyday skills and functions, occupational therapists empower stroke patients to live as independently as possible, promoting overall well-being and quality of life post-stroke.

Speech and Language Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation

At Inspire Neurocare, our dedicated speech and language therapists assist individuals who encounter challenges with communication and swallowing following a stroke.

They implement strategies to minimise the risk of choking and aid in the improvement of speech and language functions. In cases where verbal communication is significantly impacted, they provide support through alternative communication aids, facilitating interaction and contributing to a person's overall quality of life. 

Psychology for Stroke Rehabilitation

The role of neuropsychologists at Inspire Neurocare is fundamental in managing the emotional challenges that often follow a stroke. They provide tailored psychological support to help individuals navigate the changes in their lives, coping with emotions, anxiety, depression, and potential behavioural shifts that can occur.

 Through a range of therapeutic strategies, our neuropsychologists aim to enhance the mental well-being of each individual during their journey of stroke rehabilitation.

Make a referral or access support

Contact the Inspire Neurocare team for more information on stroke rehabilitation. The Stroke Association is a valuable UK-wide resource for patients and families.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT CARE

What is residential stroke rehabilitation?

Inspire Neurocare provides specialised, round-the-clock care and rehabilitation for stroke patients. On our stroke rehabilitation unit, our experienced team includes doctors, nurses, therapists, and psychologists, all skilled in stroke rehabilitation. It is for individuals who've experienced significant strokes affecting their normal functioning, typically require intensive inpatient rehabilitation. This care helps them regain lost abilities or learn new ways of performing tasks.

What kind of outcomes can be expected during stroke rehabilitation?

Outcomes depend on individual goals, injury severity, and overall health. Outcomes may include improved physical abilities, cognitive functions, speech and swallowing and emotional well-being.

At Inspire Neurocare, outcomes are measured against these goals on an ongoing basis.

How long does stroke rehabilitation usually take?

Stroke rehabilitation can be a lengthy process, and its duration depends on the stroke's severity, the individual’s overall health, and their specific recovery goals. It can range from a few weeks to a year or more. Inspire's team works closely with individuals, families, and referrers to provide personalised estimates based on regular assessments.

How does Inspire Neurocare support the families of those going through stroke rehabilitation?

Inspire Neurocare is committed to supporting families throughout the recovery process. Our Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach ensures loved ones are kept informed about the patient's progress, recovery process, and plans for discharge into the community.

What is the referral process at Inspire Neurocare?

The referral process usually begins with a referral from social workers, the early supported discharge team, acute stroke units or the funding body, usually while the individual is in hospital. The Inspire team visit to assess the individual, creating a report detailing the rehabilitation pathway and care we can provide.

From this point, the referrer and family will review the assessment report, and if it is decided that Inspire Neurocare is the right place, the team will work with all those concerned to begin the admission process.

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