What is the purpose of the study?
This 4 year-long study is being carried out to assess the value of providing a targeted course of occupational therapy to people living in a residential or nursing home after stroke. This service has been found to be of value to people living in their own homes, and to people after a stroke. It has been found to be helpful in terms of improving their independence, their ability to take part in every day activities, and their mobility. However, occupational therapy is less readily available to people living in residential or nursing homes.
What would happen to me if I take part?
All the homes that participate in the study will either receive the service of an occupational therapist or not for a three month period (on top of any services the home currently receives). However, the computer will randomly decide, as if by the toss of a coin, whether your home receives the therapy.
What do I have to do and what does the therapist do?
If you decide to take part, you will be assessed 4 times-at 0 months, 3 months, 6 months and finally at 12 months. You may be seen by an occupational therapist, who will deliver therapy according to your needs. The assessments will ask you various questions about your day-to day activities. The initial assessments will also include looking at your speech (an aphasia screening test) and at psychological functioning.
The therapists providing the service will ask you about your ability to take part in day to day activities and if the therapist feels that she can help you to keep your mobility and or prevent you from loosing your independence she will suggest one of a number of things to help you such as;
- Provide a piece of equipment or adapt something (such as raising the height of your chair).
- Provide some advice
- Provide some activities, which he/she will practice with you and ask you to continue to practice between visits.
- Provide some exercises for you to practice.
The therapists will arrange a time that is convenient for you and this would not restrict your lifestyle in any way. The therapists providing the therapy would be visiting your place of residence for about 3 months, but as an individual you may only be seen a few times (depending on your needs).
If you would like to know more please contact Katie Stant
Tel: 0121 414 6510