Recovering from a stroke requires time, patience and expertise. Here at The Stroke Unit, patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary private Stroke Care Team led by Consultant Neurologists and Physicians.
Our team of specialist dietitians work alongside other therapists as part of the multidisciplinary team. We work closely with our Speech and Language Therapist as many stroke patients have an impaired swallow and may require dietary texture modification. Every stroke patient is referred to the dietitian for a comprehensive assessment on admission. Our team of dietitians support patients with setting nutritional goals. The dietitians monitor each patient’s progress regularly and adapt their nutritional goals accordingly. A poor appetite, weight loss and an inadequate dietary intake can often affect rehabilitation.
Dietitians Can Help
- Assess previous nutritional intake and advice on a suitable healthier post stroke diet.
- Advice on therapeutic diets for stroke risk factors, including hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes
- Provide individualised nutrition advice for patients with an impaired swallow.
- Plan a suitable weight loss diet plan for overweight and obese patients.
- Plan a suitable diet plan for patients who are underweight and have a poor appetite. This involves specialist oral nutrition support that helps optimise nutritional status.
- Provide specialist tube feeding regimes for patients who are not able to meet their nutritional requirements or have been identified as having an unsafe swallow.
- Enable seamless nutritional care for patients requiring long term nutrition support on transfer to their own home, a residential or nursing home. We work with and support the families of patients requiring a range of dietary modifications.