CAT-S Carers Alert Thermometer for Stroke

Why is the CAT-S needed?

Every year in the United Kingdom (UK) approximately 152,000 people suffer a stroke. At present, there are nearly 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK. The effects of stroke to individuals varies depending on the part of the brain that is affected. Nevertheless, the common effects include; limb weakness usually to one side of the body, problems with thinking and memory, difficulties with speaking and in some cases bladder and bowel dysfunction.

The majority of stroke survivors rely on family caregivers to provide assistance with their activities of daily living ranging from physical help to psychological support. However, the support and information needs of the family caregivers are not always met and they often experience deterioration of their own health and wellbeing. Early identification of the family caregivers’ needs and support is, therefore, important in order to sustain their caring role.

The aim of the study

Our research aims to adapt the original CAT specifically for use with family caregivers of stroke survivors. The adapted version was drafted in the course of Emmie Malewezi’s PhD study at Edge Hill University. With support from the Stroke Association, Emmie consulted with stroke health professionals and family caregivers, to develop an adapted version of CAT for family caregivers of stroke survivors. This adaptation is known as CAT-S.

CAT-S Consultation

A consultation, supported by the Stroke Association, has commenced with family caregivers of stroke survivors and professionals to seek their opinion on the layout, content and usability of the CAT-S. This feedback will help to ensure that it is suitable for use as a triage tool to identify the unmet support needs of this group of caregivers.

World Stroke Day Event – Monday 29th October 2018

In partnership with the Stroke Association, Edge Hill University – Faculty of Health and Social Care are hosting a public event to mark World Stroke Day on Monday 29th October 2018.

The morning will include networking and a showcase of health promotion activities including blood pressure checks, access to stroke dietitians and smoking cessation professionals.

From 1pm, there will be presentations from the Stroke Association and NHS health professionals who work within stroke services – including a Q & A session to be led by stroke survivors; and discussion around the CAT (Carers Alert Thermometer).

If you would like to attend this event please register.

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