Funded by Safer Care Victoria and implemented by Barwon Health, a new initiative has investigated if increasing activity outside of therapy improves outcomes for stroke rehabilitation inpatients.
Barwon Health assessed how physically, socially and cognitively active stroke survivors admitted to Victorian subacute inpatient rehabilitation services were, as well as the barriers and facilitators to them becoming active.
The project, which ran from May 2016 to June 2018, found that at baseline patients were active 58 per cent of the time.
A number of positive changes have been implemented as part of the project including embracing a larger cohort of volunteers to support stroke survivors. This has been shown to increase functional activity levels with stroke survivors spending more time outside of their rooms and less time inactive or alone.
The project had two main components.
Part 1 increase functional activity levels of stroke survivors by:
- optimising access to the physical environment, including equipment
- further utilising volunteers
- increasing knowledge of staff, volunteers, stroke survivors and their support network.
Part 2 benchmark Victorian inpatient subacute rehabilitation services that admit stroke survivors into inpatient subacute bed, to better understand:
- environments (spaces and activities) that are available to stroke survivors
- barriers and enablers to increasing activity levels for stroke survivors.
The project findings were presented at the Barwon South Western and Grampians Allied Health Conference in Warrnambool. Read more.