22 Nov 21

Understanding stroke and the benefit of having a personal safety alarm

Sally Withers | NDIS/Disability

The Stroke Foundation states that there were 27,428 Australians who experienced stroke for the first time in their lives in 2020, which equates to one stroke every 19 minutes. 

Strokes are life-threatening emergencies that require urgent medical attention. The earlier somebody suffering from a stroke receives medical treatment, the less damage is likely to be caused to their body. Sadly, strokes are a global frequent problem in ageing population, as your chances of stroke increase with age. 

There are two types of strokes; 

Ischemic Stroke (Clots) 

Occurs when a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain is obstructed. The American Stroke Foundation says an Ischemic Stroke accounts for 87 % of all strokes. 

Hemorrhagic Stroke (Bleeds) 

Occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. The most common cause of Hemorrhagic stroke is uncontrolled high blood pressure. 

Why does a stroke occur? 

Strokes occur when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Blood provides your brain with essential nutrients and oxygen. Therefore, without blood, your brain cells can be damaged or even die. A stroke can change the way your body works as well as how your feel, think and communicate. 


Signs of a stroke 

The FAST test is a straightforward way to remember and recognise signs of stroke. FAST stands for  Face, Arms, Speech and Time. 

  • Face – Check the persons face. Are they unable to smile? Has their mouth dropped? 
  • Arms – Can they lift both arms? 
  • Speech – Is their speech slurred? Can the person understand you? 
  • Time – Don’t waste any time! Contact Triple zero immediately if you notice any of these early signs of a stroke.  

Other symptoms may also include sudden weakness or numbness down one side of your body, sudden blurry vision or loss of sight, a sudden, severe headache and sudden memory loss.  

If you or a loved one is having a stroke, emergency medical treatment could save your life and reduce the likelihood of permanent brain damage 


Preventing Strokes 

These are the most important steps you can take to lower your risk of stroke: 

  1. Live a healthy lifestyle 
  2. Keep your blood pressure in the normal range. 
  3. If you smoke, quit. 
  4. If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar (glucose) in the normal range. 
  5. If you have heart disease, get treatment. 
  6. Keep your cholesterol levels in the normal range. 


How do you care for a stroke patient? 

Alarmingly, the Stroke Foundations states that more than 445,087 Australians are recovering from the effects of stroke. 

Recovery from a stroke will depend on the severity and the amount of damage which has been caused to a patient’s brain. Some people may recover quickly, whilst others need long-term support and treatment to help them regain their independence. 


Tips to help safely care for someone at home who has had a stroke: 

  1. Encourage daily rehabilitation exercise. 
  2. Don’t do too much, but be helpful. Allow them to also have some independence. 
  3. Be kind to yourself too and lean on others for support & guidance; other family members, social workers, allied health supports. 
  4. Talk with an OT for house modification recommendations. 
  5. Keep a record of any side effects because of medication.  
  6. Be on the lookout for new stroke side effects.
  7. Look into purchasing a personal safety alarm with 24/7 response. 


Why it’s important to have a fully monitored response safety alarm system

Getting quick assistance whilst experiencing a medical emergency like a stroke can be a matter of life or death.  

With a fully monitored response alarm service, you can always rely on a trained professional to respond quickly to your signal for help, which is paramount in time of need, particularly if you were having a stroke. 

Similarly, by receiving help quickly, a stroke patient has a significantly higher chance of getting back on their feet in no time. And if they did need to go to hospital, a much quicker recovery. 


The main advantages of a fully monitored response alarm service are: 

  • There is ALWAYS a trained professionals available to answer your call for help anytime day or night 24/7. 
  • Fast response, which can make all the difference when having a stroke. 
  • Two-way communication with the response centre. 
  • Response centres can quickly assess the seriousness of the situation, to determine whether relatives or emergency services need to be contacted – so you get the right help quickly. 
  • Response monitors follow up to ensure help has arrived. 
  • Unlike auto dialler alarms, the response centre can share the emergency information and client’s medical history with 000, who can then prioritise the call and provide the most appropriate help. 

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Personal safety alarms devices for stroke patients 

MePACS is a national alarm provider in Australia with over 45,000 clients offer a range of personal safety alarms. MePACS is also an approved NDIS provider so if a stroke patient has an NDIS plan their personal alarm may be able to be fully covered. 

Home Alarm – The MePACS Home is a slim personal alarm combined with a wearable pendant designed to give you peace of mind in your home and garden. 

Mobile Alarm – The MePACS Mobile is a personal alarm that is designed to give you the ability to call for help when out and away from your home. With 4G, GPS and fall detection technology you can wear this around your neck or clipped to your waistband. 

Watch Alarm – our MePACS Solo Watch is a stylish & discreet wearable device. The watch works both at home and outside of the home, in the community or even in holiday in Australia. With added fall detection & GPS technology, this innovative alarm is ideal for those who like an active lifestyle. 


How a MePACS safety alarm can assist people recovering from a stroke 

The thought of having a stroke (or any medical emergency) can be very distressing. As we get older, health is often a growing concern, especially for the families of loved ones who live alone. 

That’s where a MePACS personal safety alarm can give you both the peace of mind & reassurance you and your loved one needs. With the assistance of our 24/7 personal alarms, you can continue living independently at home and get out in the community, knowing that help will always be there should you need it.

If you were to suffer a stroke, you would simply need to press the button on your pendant – Our trained 24/7 emergency response team will answer within 2 minutes and get you the necessary help – FAST!   

*This information does not intend to replace advice from a qualified health professional. Speak to your GP first about any health concerns.


For more information about our lifesaving personal safety alarm service call our team on 1800 685 329 or send us an enquiry or join now.