Electric wheelchair helps stroke patients get moving again

The Bury Community Stroke Team at Holcombe House made a funding request to the charity for an electric wheelchair.

The purpose of the wheelchair was to assist in the assessment of patients after a stroke. Rehabilitation is often delayed until a patient can be properly assessed, which means a pause in their progress. This can often lead to low mood, depression and a decline in a person’s function.

The delay can be so detrimental to a patient’s recovery that nine or twelve months later when they need to be re-assessed again, they are often not suitable as they have declined in their ability to function. 

Occupational therapists carry out the assessments in the stroke team, and having continued rehabilitation would enable patients to return much earlier to community life, access services more independently, less reliance on caregivers and benefit from the many other psychological benefits improved mobility brings.

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