Life After Stroke
Stroke affects everybody differently, and it is difficult to say how much of a recovery is possible. Many stroke survivors experience the most dramatic recovery during their stay in hospital in the weeks after their stroke.
But many stroke survivors continue to improve over a longer time, sometimes over a number of years. Their recovery is in fact a long period of rehabilitation, as they learn to deal with the effects the stroke has had on them.
Rehabilitation is about getting back to normal life and living as independent a life as possible. It involves taking an active approach to ensuring that life goes on for people who have had a stroke. This can mean helping them to acquire new skills or relearn old ones. It may …show more content…
Carers can have similar emotional difficulties to the person they care for, including depression, anxiety or anger.
Help is available
Speak to your GP if you find your negative emotions have a serious impact on your life. Negative emotions can also get in the way of a stroke survivor’s progress. So make the most of the help that is available. You can ask social services for a home assessment that may lead to some form of support.
In addition to GPs, other health professionals and social services, there are other sources of support in the wider community, whether you are a stroke survivor or a carer.
These services range from practical help during the rehabilitation journey, to someone to simply talk to about your experiences.
Help from the Stroke Association
Our Life After Stroke Services help stroke survivors, their families and carers cope with the aftermath of stroke. They also support them in rebuilding their lives.
We provide support across the UK in a variety of ways from advice and information about stroke and how to reduce the risk of another stroke, to practical help and community based support groups to help stroke survivors make the best recovery they can.
Stroke clubs are local gatherings of people affected by stroke. They allow people to share experiences and to take part in trips and activities that help with rehabilitation.
Other sources of support