Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Speech Pathology Australia

Faculty

Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

18700

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This article was originally published as:

Stewart, K., Ciccone, N., & Armstrong, E. (2014). Carer experiences with rehabilitation in the home : speech pathology services for stroke survivors, Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, v.16(1), pp. 2-6.

Copyright 2015 Speech Pathology Australia. Reprinted with permission.

Abstract

Caring for a stroke survivor can be a complex role with carers at an increased risk of mental health difficulties. Early supported discharge from hospital with rehabilitation in the home (RITH) allows stroke survivors to return home at an earlier stage in the recovery process, potentially placing an extra burden on carers. Being involved in intensive therapy,in the home, in the early days post-stroke may be difficult with the role and experiences of carers in RITH being underresearched. This paper identifies the roles, experiences and preferences of ten carers of stroke survivors with dysarthia and dysphagia. Many carers were involved with RITH speech pathology rehabilitation and reported positively on services. Cultural and linguistic issues and the implications of home practice for carers are also discussed.

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