Case Study

To mark Stroke Awareness Month 2022 we are highlighting the issues related to stroke recovery and the impact it has had on some of our residents

24.05.2022

To mark Stroke Awareness Month 2022 we are highlighting the issues related to stroke recovery and the impact it has had on some of our residents. John Masefield House in Oxford specialises in supporting people who have suffered a stroke. They have a dedicated physiotherapy and activities team to enable residents to regain their independence and autonomy.

Here is Lucy’s* story:

Lucy was formally diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008. The progress of her illness was quite fast, and in 2015, Lucy was admitted to the neurology ward who told Lucy she suffered a stroke and had lithium toxicity. Lucy spent a number of weeks in the hospital before being discharged into a neuro-rehabilitation centre. Lucy didn’t fully engage with rehabilitation. The sudden change in her ability and the effect in her life affected both her physical and mental wellbeing.

To support Lucy’s recovery and to help her gain independence, Lucy moved to  John Masefield House, because it had a full time physiotherapist and a beautiful garden. Lucy was no longer able to look after herself, and her two much loved cats. Help was needed for even the most basic of tasks.

The impact of having a stroke on Lucy was significant. The stroke affected Lucy’s left side, and left her with little movement of her body, coupled with the progressing MS. Lucy was left-handed. Lucy’s eye sight was adversely affected.

The physiotherapy received at the rehabilitation centre, and regular rehabilitation sessions at John Masefield House were very helpful indeed. Lucy worked really hard to retrieve her speech and with support she managed to.

*Lucy’s name has been changed to protect her identity

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