Stroke may mean the individual is unable to sit, stand or walk safely due to poor balance, leg weakness or loss of co-ordination. Individuals may be at risk of falling or of injury if they try to move themselves when unsupervised, or are moved by people without training in moving and handling.
Stroke may mean the individual is unaware of any of their difficulties and limitations. This means that they may be able to do less than they themselves believe and they may put themselves at risk of injury without realising it.
To establish the individual’s abilities (by direct observation, accessing the medical records, or asking another member of healthcare staff) and take account of these. Staff who need to move individuals with stroke should be given appropriate training in movement and handling.
Staff should not uncritically accept individual’s statements about their own abilities and if in doubt should check with other members of staff to establish the individual’s true abilities. If an individual does lack awareness of their abilities, staff should be sensitive to this issue and all staff should give consistent feedback on the individual’s true abilities.
Benefits to the individual
- Individuals and staff are less likely to sustain injury or discomfort.
- Individuals will receive appropriate input from staff to maximise their safety and dignity and autonomy.
Page last reviewed: 21 Jan 2020