Grandad is re­cov­er­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Bentley - Natalie Naz­zari

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.

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