These inventions to help stroke patients are ideal for patients and carers. Strokes are like a ‘heart attack in the brain’ and range from mild to serious. Often the reasons are unknown, but they can be caused by the same reasons as heart disease (plaque, clogged arteries etc).
Most patients who have had a stroke need rehabilitation work for some time. To prevent and help stroke patients, donate to humane medical research charities (that don’t use innocent animals) to help find a cure. The main stroke charities use animal testing that outdated, ineffective and cruel (usually involving rats, mice, monkeys & other primates). Modern research methods would likely have found a cure by now, if they had the same funding from the public and government, that the major charities do. For now, here are some inventions to make life easier. Most are available on the NHS, you just have to ask.
- NeuroBall offers hundreds of physio reps with 8 fun games, rather than boring post-stroke training. Research conducted by Brunel University London showed that this invention improved wrist and shoulder movement for stroke survivors.
- LaserFinger attaches to your glasses or hat, to turn appliances on and off (with a slight head movement).
Free & Low-Cost Help for Carers
- Caring for a patient who is blind can be very stressful and tiring, through nobody’s fault. See the post to find free & low-cost help for carers for information.
- Visit Turn 2 Us to ensure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. Helping Hands at Home is a care agency that offers visiting care nationwide. A Helping Hands carer can help with safely moving around the home, personal care, household chores, running errands and caring for pets.
- Cinnamon Trust and PAPAS also have dog walking volunteers that can also care for other pets, take pets to the vets and often foster or volunteer pets, if you or someone you love goes into hospital). The former also lists pet-friendly nursing homes, and can arrange adoption, if the patient dies.