Grandad gets back up after stroke

Benjamin Chamberlain.
Benjamin Chamberlain.

The 80-year-old was admitted to Bentley Health Service from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital on August 7 after he collapsed in his yard.

When he was admitted, he had significant paralysis on his left side and was unable to manoeuvre without significant support from hoists and staff members.

‘I’d been working in the yard spraying weeds. I walked across the back lawn and I got up to the concrete patio. I felt faint and the next thing I went down,’ Mr Chamberlain said.

‘I tried to get up, but I knew something was wrong. I laid there for about two and a half hours waiting for my granddaughter to come home.’

After four weeks in the stroke unit at BHS, Mr Chamberlain is now able to walk with some assistance.

He is preparing to return home within the next two weeks with support from BHS outpatient services.

The grandfather of two said he was relatively healthy, but high blood pressure and high cholesterol had put him at risk of having a stroke.

He credits the stroke program at BHS for his recovery.

‘The food is top, and the nurses are good and the physiotherapists are good,’ Mr Chamberlain said.

‘They get me up out of the wheelchair and standing, doing press-ups and stepping.’

This week marks National Stroke Week, which aims to raise awareness and encourage Australians to take action to prevent stroke.

Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer from the BHS stroke unit said outpatient rehabilitation services were also provided to stroke survivors living in the Bentley catchment area.

‘The BHS Inpatient Stroke Unit provides |patient-centred rehabilitation in a collaborative team environment with an aim to optimise a patient’s functional capacity prior to discharge,’ Mr Etherton-Beer said.

‘(It) is staffed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of medical, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics, social work and clinical psychology.’