Stroke care

Every Porthaven care home provides expert nursing care to support those living with the effects of a life changing condition, such as a stroke.

What is stroke and how can we help?

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain, such as memory and muscle control, can be lost.

Stroke can affect people in different ways, depending on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much of the brain is damaged. Minor problems occurring as a result of stroke can include things such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. However, a more severe stroke is life-changing and may mean that ongoing care is required to support someone to live well with the condition.

Porthaven nurses and carers are trained in delivering expert care to support the needs of those living with stroke, and care plans will be tailored to individual needs. The emphasis may be on improving strength, muscle tone or mobility, and we will work with other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists to achieve the best possible outcomes for our residents.

We also understand that appetite can change following a stroke and each Porthaven care home has a professional chef who will work with residents to develop specialist menu plans tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

All Porthaven homes have numerous features to help deal with any physical or nursing requirements caused by stroke, but the overriding ethos of Porthaven is to maintain warm, homely and non-institutional environments. Every resident is able to relax in his or her own spacious private bedroom and en suite wetroom, or participate in as many of the social activities a Porthaven home has to offer as each resident chooses.

It’s not just the surroundings which make a huge difference to caring for people who have suffered from stroke and whose appetites and interest may have changed. Our chefs are trained to produce fresh, home cooked, nutritious meals which encourage our residents to eat and participate in the very social activity of enjoying food and our leisure and wellness coordinators and care staff are all trained to provide stimulating individual and group activities. When excellent care combines with good nutrition, physical and mental stimulation, well-being and contentment are promoted, and that is what we wish to achieve for each and every Porthaven resident.

If you would like to find out more about your nearest Porthaven home, and whether we can help care for you, or your loved one, please call any of our homes and arrange for a visit at your convenience. Click here for a list of contact numbers or to send us a message.

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  • Fully trained, committed and caring nursing staff
  • High staff to resident ratios
  • Nursing care provided 24 hours a day
  • Personalised care plan and medication management
  • Comfortable private rooms with fully accessible en-suite wetrooms
  • Telephone and internet connectivity
  • 24 hour access for visitors
  • Regular communication with families
  • Spacious, safe, beautifully-designed and elegant buildings
  • Excellent menus featuring well-sourced seasonal produce

“Porthaven has provided outstanding care for my mother for four years. There is an excellent culture in the home that always puts the residents first. Staff demonstrate a level of care and interest in each individual resident that is truly amazing.”

Extract from a carehome.co.uk review given by a Porthaven resident’s relative