2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
This is a most helpful little book for carers struggling to understand the sudden blow that has felled a loved one and traumatised family life. It is clearly written, in language a lay person can easily understand. Diagrams show clearly which brain areas are affected and why.Also, explained post stroke procedures such as MRI scans so family could understand what was happening. In a chaotic NHS system, this book helped far more than doctors (so hard to find and talk to) or hard-pressed nurses who may not know the patient well.Post Stroke Care chapter particularly useful in indicating which specialists are (or should be) involved in looking after patient when when he or she returns home. My husband's return, a sudden unexpected transfer caused by emptying a ward because of infection, was chaotic and upsetting, without clear information about many aspects, including medication. This book helped enormously in finding out who we should ask for help and clarification.For the future, it indicates what worrying signs we should look for if fast help is needed. I can highly recommend this guide.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2009
Just started working on a stroke ward and have found the book an invaluable source of background info. As a nurse it means you can hit the ground running and actually have some inkling of what your more experienced colleagues are talking about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2010
A mine of very useful information.
A must for anyone caring for a stroke sufferer.
The husband of the person this book was bought for had recently suffered a stroke. She desparately needed information to help her understand what was happening and how to cope with it. In her words "this book contains more than she could ever have hoped for"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2012
The print is absolutely tiny! Even with my reading glasses my eyes are hurting! It can't be more than a font size 8 or 9. However, this is an excellent book,written in a lively, engaging style. Richard Lindley covers all the bases in enough detail to make you feel that you know enough to work in a stroke rehab unit, which is good, because that's where I'm off to next week! With the use of case studies and the voice of experience he conveys his passion about the lack of rapid response stroke units while inspiring all who work with stroke patients to do their best to provide optimal care and rehab. I can't recommend it highly enough, plus it only took me two days to read it as I didn't get bored :)