Stroke Frequently Asked Questions
Please remember to bring:
- Hearing aids
- Comfortable day clothes (trousers/skirts with elastic waists are often useful)
- Walking aids
- Supportive footwear
Sleep plays a vital part in patient recovery in the early stages after a stroke, and visitors can be very tiring for a patient.
For this reason, we ask visitors to visit only during the designated visiting hours. We also ask that each patient has a maximum of 2 visitors at a time. A crowded bed space can make it difficult for a nurse to carry out essential duties. Visiting is welcome in the lounge or balcony area.
We have a rest period from 12.45pm – 2.00pm. At this time we turn the lights out and encourage patients to participate in bed rest.
Family and friends can visit the ward out of visiting hours to attend prearranged meetings or treatment sessions.
You are given menus to fill out for the following day. Your relatives or a nurse can help you complete it. If you require a pureed, minced or soft diet, as a result of swallowing difficulties you might have less choice from the menu. If you are ‘nil by mouth’ you might require your food via a feeding tube. Halal and Kosher meals are available upon request. You might be advised to have a special diet such as high protein or low sugar.
We encourage as much independence at mealtimes as possible. Heath Care Assistants will assist you to eat your meal if required. Individual arrangements can be made if a patient requires help from a relative or regular carer to eat their meal.
Visitors are welcome to bring in snacks and drinks. Please ask us what is recommended. We are not allowed to re-heat food or keep items in the fridge for more than 24 hours.
Meals and drinks are served at the following times:
- Breakfast 8am
- Morning tea 10.30am
- Lunch 12.00pm
- Afternoon tea 3pm
- Evening meal 6pm