Grandad is recovering
KEWDALE grandfather Benjamin Chamberlain knows what it is like to have a stroke.
The 80-year-old was admitted to Bentley Health Service (BHS) from Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital on August 7, after he collapsed in his yard.
When he was admitted, he had significant paralysis on his left side and could not manoeuvre without significant support from hoists and staff members.
“I’d been working in the yard spraying weeds and I walked across the back lawn and when I got up to the concrete patio, I felt faint and the next thing I went down,” Mr Chamberlain said.
“I tried to get up, but I knew something was wrong. I lay there for about two-and-a-half hours waiting for my granddaughter to come home.”
After four weeks in the stroke unit at BHS, Mr Chamberlain is now able to walk with some assistance. He is preparing to return home within the next two weeks with support from BHS outpatient services.
The grandfather of two said he was relative- ly healthy, but high blood pressure and high cholesterol put him at risk of having a stroke.
He credits the stroke program at BHS for his recovery. “The food is top and the nurses are good and the physiotherapists are good,” Mr Chamberlain said.
“They get me up out of the wheelchair and standing doing press-ups and stepping.”
This week marks National Stroke Week, which aims to raise awareness and encourage Australians to take action to prevent stroke.
The Bentley Stroke Rehabilitation Unit was opened in September 2011. The inpatient service is a 10-bed facility.
Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer, from the BHS stroke unit, said outpatient rehabilitation services were also provided to those living in the Bentley catchment area.
“The BHS Inpatient Stroke Unit provides patient-centred rehabilitation in a collaborative team environment with an aim to optimise a patient’s functional capacity prior to discharge,” Mr Etherton-Beer said.
The specialised service offers patients rehabilitation in an environment closer to home, assessed meal plans and coordinated discharge planning.