Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

Case 1: Connie

photo portrait of Connie

Connie is 67 years old and was found collapsed at home today by her daughter.

She has now had a CT scan which has confirmed a cerebral infarct.

Connie was widowed 10 years ago. She lives alone, however has good support from her daughter.

Connie also has a history of heart failure and atrial fibrillation.





The topics that will be covered in this scenario:

  • Swallow screen
  • Nutritional risk assessment
  • Nutritional barriers post stroke
  • Modification of diet and fluids inc IDDSI descriptors
  • Oral nutrition support; food fortification and oral nutritional supplements

Part 1 – Early Assessment

In this section, you will be working through a number of tasks to ensure that Connie’s immediate risks are identified and considered. This will ensure that you are giving her the best possible start to her stroke care in terms of nutrition, hydration and swallowing.

Part 2 – Early Management

In this section, you will go on to manage Connie’s nutrition, hydration, swallowing and psychological needs in detail. You will be required to complete a number of activities that will reduce these risk areas and assist Connie to recover from her stroke.

Page last reviewed: 20 Nov 2020