Stroke may cause loss or change of feeling in the face, arm or leg (e.g. numbness, pins and needles). The individual may not therefore be able to feel pain or extremes of temperature on the affected parts of their body.
To know (or at least know how to find out) whether individuals have such difficulties. Staff should be able to ensure that the individual does not sustain injury due to loss of feeling – for instance, by providing padding to stop accidental injury or by testing the temperature of bath water or drinks.
Benefits to the individual
Individuals are less likely to sustain injury (e.g. burns from scolding water or bruises from bed rails).
Page last reviewed: 22 Jan 2020