National Stroke Week, from 7 to 13 August, is a Stroke Foundation campaign to encourage the community to ‘fight stroke together’.
Did you Know?
There were 27,428 Australians who experienced stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020, which equates to one stroke every 19 minutes.
One in four people globally will have a stroke in their lifetime.
More than 445,087 Australians are living with the effects of stroke.
Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers. It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
In 2020, the estimated cost of stroke in Australia was $6.2 billion in direct financial impact, and a further $26.0 billion in mortality and lost wellbeing.
More than 80% of strokes can be prevented.
In 2020, 6,535 (24% of total) first-ever strokes occurred in people aged 54 years and under.
Regional Australians are 17% more likely to suffer a stroke than those in metropolitan areas.
When a stroke strikes, it attacks up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute.
Without action by 2050 it is predicted that the number of first-ever strokes experienced by Australians annually will increase to 50,600, or one stroke every 10 minutes, and there will be 819,900 stroke survivors living in the community.
One of the Stroke Foundation’s best initiatives is the F.A.S.T test.
You can save the life of a loved one, a colleague, a stranger, or even yourself by understanding the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke and calling 000 immediately.
Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these four simple questions:
Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
Arms – Can they lift both arms?
Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
Time – If you see any of these signs call triple zero (000) immediately.
Right at Home specialises in helping patients who have suffered from an incident like a stroke. Many of the people in our care are trying to make a simple, safe, and smooth transition from a healthcare facility to their home. Our non-medical care model includes services necessary to help patients transition safely out of a facility, including coordinating communication between providers, frequent follow-ups with families and discharge planners, medication reminders, transportation to doctor and allied-health appointments, preparing meals, running errands, and keeping homes clean and safe. We also deliver skilled nursing in our clients' homes.
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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no package management fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.
Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living and personal care such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained, and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.
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