Speech Pathology Australia
Health, Engineering and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
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.