Leaving hospital after a stroke

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Following are some useful tips to help you or your loved ones after leaving the hospital after a stroke. On average 1,50,000 people, a year suffer from strokes.

Strokes often occur unexpectedly and can turn people’s lives into a mess. To help we’ve put together a few tips and information on what to expect while leaving the hospital after a stroke.

The road to recovery-

The recovery process starts at the hospital but it doesn’t finish there. It is simply your first step on the road to recovery. Leaving hospital after a stroke needs greater care and support. With the right motivation and support, you will continue to see improvements in months and even years after your stroke. Certain brain cells die due to stroke and although these can’t be repaired, your brain can adapt and learn to compensate for the jobs these damaged cells were responsible for.

Rehabilitation-

A team of stroke care normally assists you when you leave hospital who will work with a social worker to assess to your needs.

There are various forms of rehabilitation available depending on your requirements including-

·         Speech and language therapy

·         Physiotherapy

·         Occupational therapy

Do remember that even though the rehabilitation process is lengthy, the rewards you will receive can make a big difference to your everyday life. So, it’s important to:

·         Try to maintain your general health with a good diet and activity.

·         Practice the tasks set by your therapists.

·         Make sure you understand the aim of each task and how it will help you.

·         Focus on the achievements you have made rather than on what you can’t do.

How can family, friends, and carers help?

Life after a stroke can be difficult and recovery requires time and determination, along with the support of your family and friends.

You can be your loved ones and friend’s supporter on their rehabilitation tasks by:

·         Providing emotional support and a shoulder to lean on.

·         Being positive, focus on what your loved one can do, not what they can’t.

·         Helping out with practice exercises at home.

·         Being alert to your relative’s needs.

·         Helping out your loved one to do things for themselves.

 

·         Making time for yourself so you are not too tired and your loved one doesn’t become over-dependent on you.

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