Some useful tips to help you, or your loved one, leaving hospital after a stroke...
19 November 2018
Strokes often happen suddenly and can turn people’s lives completely on their head. To help, we’ve put together a few tips and a bit of info on what to expect when leaving hospital after a stroke…
The road to recovery
You won’t be discharged from hospital until you’re ready, but leaving hospital after a stroke can often feel like a clear defining step. So it’s important to remember that even though your recovery starts in hospital, it doesn’t finish there. It’s simply your first step on the road to recovery.
With the right motivation and support you’ll continue to see improvements months and even years after your stroke.
A stroke can cause certain brain cells to die, and although these can’t be repaired, your brain can adapt (through something called neuroplasticity) and learn to compensate for the jobs these damaged cells were responsible for.
Before leaving hospital you will normally be assigned a stroke care team who’ll work with a social worker to assess your needs and create a discharge plan.
Depending upon your requirements there are various forms of rehabilitation available, including:
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
It’s important to remember that even though rehabilitation can be a lengthy process, the rewards you will receive, even if they’re small, can make a big difference to your everyday life. So it’s important to:
- Practice the tasks set by your therapists.
- Make sure you understand the aim of each task and how it will help you. If unsure simply ask your therapist.
- Try to maintain your general health with a good diet and physical activity.
- Keep yourself motivated by focusing on the achievements you’ve made, rather than focusing on what you can’t do.
How can family, friends and carers help?
Leaving hospital after a stroke can be difficult, and the road to recovery will require time and determination. So the support of friends and family can make all the difference.
You can be your loved one’s personal support team. Helping to keep them motivated and on track with their rehabilitation tasks by:
- Helping out with practice exercises at home
- Providing emotional support and a shoulder to lean on
- Keeping upbeat and positive, focus on what your loved one can do, not what they can’t
- Adapting to your relative’s needs
- Keeping a balance between helping your loved one and encouraging them to do things for themselves
- Making time for yourself so you’re not too tired and your loved one doesn’t feel over dependent on you
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