What is a Stroke?

A stroke is when blood supply to the brain is cut off, there are 3 main types of strokes, one of these 3 is commonly known as a ‘mini stroke’ or ‘TIA’ which is a Transient ischemic attack, very often if you suffer one of these it is a warning sign that maybe a more aggressive type is imminent.  The most common type is an Ischemic Stroke, this is usually due to a blood clot in the brain which has caused a blockage to a blood vessel in the brain, preventing blood flow to the brain, within minutes brain cells begin to die. The 3rd most common type is a ‘Haemorrhagic stroke’ sometimes referred to as a ‘brain haemorrhage’ or ‘brain bleed’ this type of stroke can interfere with the brains function.

What type of stroke home care do I need?

The after effects of a stroke can leave a person with many different problems that they find difficult to manage, some people unfortunately can have long lasting severe damage due to a stroke, such as paralysis, speech difficulties, making it hard to communicate with people, weaknesses in the arms or legs, emotions can become difficult to understand and cope with and pain like a burning sensation may be felt, which in itself can be exhausting. Having a spare pair of hands to help you to wash yourself and brush your hair, needing a little help to get dressed, you may feel that you need some extra help with doing your exercises that are strengthening your damaged limbs, it might be that you would like to have someone to talk to and share your feelings with. After suffering a stroke of any type can bring with it difficulties that weren’t there before and have become too difficult to manage by yourself, having a carer who will help with some of the more daunting daily tasks can be a great help.

How can Shawcare help?

We are here to give any extra support you feel is needed, we can spend time with you doing some of the exercises that you need to do, we can help you with your medications, which can seem a little confusing at times, we can prepare your meals and either do your shopping for you or take you shopping to assist you, we will always strive for you to be as independent as possible, but we will help you when you need us to, you decide which areas that you feel are the most daunting and difficult, and we will prepare a plan that suits you.

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  • Every minute spent on care, not paperwork
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Lorna is PA to my husband, who is struggling with life after being diagnosed with mixed Dementia. Lorna has shown nothing but kindness and understanding of his very complex issues. Lorna gives constant support to him to enable him to live his life as normally as possible and still be able to function within the community. The job is very demanding and requires great patients, which Lorna consistently displays. My husband’s life would be very different without her, as a family, we cannot praise Lorna Shaw enough.

Gail Taylor-Marriott.

Facilitating my father’s needs solely on my own volition was a daunting task. Shaw Care’s work has made an invaluable positive impact on both my father’s and my own wellbeing. Shaw’s professionalism, compassion and overall dedication have enabled my father to continue his day to day life. A key quality worth highlighting of Shaw’s practise is their trustworthiness.

Nathan Taylor-Marriott

Lorna is the carer for my mother who suffered a stroke last year. For a few months we used a large care company who sent different carers every day with no consistence on times or personnel. Luckily we found Lorna who runs ‘her own small care business locally, she herself does most of mothers caring twice, every day, morning to get her out of bed and into the living room and all that entails, and night time back into bed and made comfortable for the night. She has developed a close relationship with my mother and goes the extra mile to ensure all her needs are met. Lorna fully supports mother and keeps her twice daily visits punctual so mother knows when she is arriving, mother likes to ‘help’ Lorna by doing what little she is able to. After mother’s major stroke in May 2019 at age 88, a personal touch, as Lorna provides is essential for my mother. The little touches gives mother the will to enjoy her life as much as is now feasible.

John Howarth 24/01/2020

After being in hospital for weeks after suffering a stroke, which took my right side, my arm and my leg seemed useless, when I got back home and only had my eldest son to help me, who has health issues of his own, he found Lorna as a carer and she is a very kind person and has helped me such a lot, she seems to be always cheerful and so very helpful to me at all times, she has brought me on no end, if she had not been my carer, I would not have learned to stand or been able to take a few steps, she keeps me happy and I feel more positive, it’s fantastic.

Mrs Joy Osbourne

I have used Shaw Care for over a year now, and have been very pleased with the care and service I have received. The care is for my husband and I have found that he has always been treated with respect and kindness. He always looks forward to seeing them.


My husband is totally disabled; bed bound, doubly incontinent, cannot move unaided, cannot feed or drink himself, and has been this way for over 4 years. During these years we have had numerous problems with carers/care companies and I was at my wits end towards the later part of 2019, then a leaflet came through my letterbox, I rang the number, Lorna came to see me the next day and our lives have been changed. I am so sincerely grateful that Lorna came into our lives, it seems our paths were meant to cross and be joined, and I simply do not know what we would do without her and her care team. S; Supportive H; Honest A; Approachable W; Wonderful C; Considerate A; Attentive R; Reliable E; Efficient.

Michael and Sue Burton

I have nothing but gratitude that Shaw Care have given my mum over the past 18 months. Mum has had help with her morning and sometimes her evening care too. I trust the completely and they are more like friends than carers. Helping mum to be as independent as possible as her mobility isn’t too good. Keeping mum happy and giving me peace of mind that my mum who is 95, is in safe hands.

Sue Munday