Stroke sufferers may benefit from recovery involvement
November 16, 2011
A stroke can alter a person's life in an instant, as it may drastically change how they talk, walk, act and how they look. Because of this, sufferers can sometimes experience a lower quality of life afterwards due to the huge differences they experience.
A study published in Clinical Rehabilitation showed that involving stoke patients in their own recovery more might be the answer to improving how they feel about their lives post-stroke.
Researchers from New Zealand tested this by using two methods of intervention on stroke patients shortly before they left the hospital. One group watched an inspirational DVD about recovery and another took part in a "Take Charge" session where they spoke with other victims and specialists about recovery. All participants were then followed for a year to test their health-related quality of life.
From the data, scientists found that those who participated in the Take Charge session improved their quality of life by 6 points in a 0 to 100 scale. Those who watched the DVD only improved by 1 point. Although this is a small growth, it may lead to other helpful ways to encourage stroke sufferers to feel better faster.
Many stroke victims do regain their independence and continue to age in place. Although they may feel good, accidents do happen, so installing a medical alert system into their homes could provide the added security they need to boost their confidence. This way, they can remain at home with access to help in an instant.